In­ter­na­tional Sem­i­nar on Ter­ror­ists’ Weapon of Choice: Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vices


An in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nar on “Ter­ror­ists Weapon of Choice: Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vices” or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Bomb Data Cen­tre of Na­tional Se­cu­rity Guard (NSG), was held in New Delhi re­cently. In his open­ing re­marks, Jayanto Narayan Choud­hury, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, NSG said that scourge of ter­ror­ism can only be de­feated by a sus­tained and com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach, in­volv­ing the ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion of all states and rel­e­vant or­gan­i­sa­tion and civil so­ci­ety. He said: “The dan­ger of us­ages of im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices (IEDs) is not dis­ap­pear­ing, rather pro­lif­er­at­ing. Seam­less flow of in­tel­li­gence is a pre-req­ui­site. Un­less, in­tel­li­gence is col­lected, col­lated and dis­sem­i­nated in an in­sti­tu­tion­alised man­ner, the suc­cess of op­er­a­tions against the ter­ror­ist net­work will al­ways suf­fer. Once that hap­pens, achiev­ing co­or­di­na­tion be­tween var­i­ous agencies op­er­at­ing in the field be­comes the next aim.”

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral said: “If we can work out these as­pects, then at­tack­ing the ter­ror­ist net­work will be­come an achiev­able tar­get, thus re­duc­ing the in­ci­dence of IEDs at­tacks. We also need to en­sure our coun­ter­mea­sures also work in the most likely ur­ban bat­tle zone of fu­ture and left-wing ex­trem­ist (LWE)-af­fected ar­eas.”

De­liv­er­ing the key note ad­dress, Ne­hchal Sandhu, Deputy Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, spoke about a se­ries of deadly in­ci­dents the world over, which makes ev­ery­one sit back and re­view the se­cu­rity threat sit­u­a­tion. He em­pha­sised that left-wing ex­trem­ists are not just in­creas­ing the power of the de­vices but also show­ing a grim clev­er­ness in de­liv­ery sys­tem, hint­ing at the sur­gi­cally im­planted ex­plo­sive de­vices. Fur­ther he added the im­por­tance of the IED in the con­flict zones and de­feat­ing this threat has be­come a her­culean ef­fort in it­self, for the se­cu­rity forces world over. Sandhu em­pha­sised that se­cu­rity forces and civil so­ci­ety is not im­mune to the acts of ter­ror­ism and it’s im­per­a­tive to in­te­grate all stake hold­ers fight­ing against ter­ror­ism/LWE.

Nearly 200 del­e­gates rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia, Canada, France, Is­rael, UK, USA, Viet­nam, Cen­tral Armed Po­lice Forces, State Po­lice or­gan­i­sa­tions, re­search in­sti­tu­tions, Army, Air Force and oth­ers dis­cussed IED-re­lated is­sues, in­clud­ing an ex­am­i­na­tion of con­di­tions con­ducive for us­ages of IEDs, pro­mot­ing ed­u­ca­tion to present the bomb­ing in­ci­dents, shar­ing best prac­tices for op­er­at­ing in LWE en­vi­ron­ment.

Brig John Shana­han from Aus­tralia pre­sented the ex­pe­ri­ence of Aus­tralian forces in Afghanistan. Col. Ge­off Stevens, Di­rec­tor Asia-Pa­cific Com­mand, pre­sented a de­tailed IED anal­y­sis of the re­gion, wherein he high­lighted the few of un­con­ven­tional us­ages of IED by the ter­ror or­gan­i­sa­tion, while the speak­ers from France, Is­rael and Canada pre­sented their coun­tries counter IED ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The par­tic­i­pants said that it was im­por­tant for in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to counter the spread of IEDs and bomb­ing in­ci­dents, which it noted, has been grow­ing in the re­cent years around the globe. The two-day sem­i­nar brought to­gether na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ex­perts to share their ex­pe­ri­ence in the field of IEDs and how to in­crease level of as­sis­tance with each other. SP

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