Breaking a traditionally male bastion, Delhi Police just got itself an all-women SWAT team comprising 36 commandos from the Northeast!
A brainchild of the Delhi Police Commissioner, Amulya Patnaik, the 36 member SWAT team comprises 13 commandos from Assam, 5 from Arunachal Pradesh, 5 from Sikkim, 5 from Manipur, 4 from Meghalaya, 2 from Nagaland and 1 from Mizoram and Tripura, each, say reports.
“Some of the best male commandos cannot do what these women can do,” gushed a senior Delhi Police Official after Home Minister Rajnath Singh formally inducted them into service on Friday.
Some compliments were inevitable as almost all of whom were present at the induction watched spellbound as the all-women SWAT unit demonstrated techniques to tackle terrorists. After more than a year of learning to scale buildings, defuse bombs and rescue hostages – India’s first all-female commando team started work on Friday, say reports.
The unit, which makes up the sixth SWAT team, will be part of the security operation when Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers his annual Independence Day address from the ramparts of the 17th century Red Fort in Delhi on August 15, informed another officer.
On other days, the commandos will be stationed at strategic locations in Central and South Delhi as well as around the Red Fort and India Gate, reports say.
The women commandos from the Northeast underwent 15 months of rigorous training in weapons handling, counter-terrorism and a military self-defense technique by Israel’s security forces – to enter the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team – Krav Maga.
In fact, reports suggest that these women are second to none when it comes to handling terror strikes and hostage crisis in urban areas and were rated better than their male counterparts by their trainers at Police Training College in Jharoda Kalan!
The Women Commandos of the Delhi Police Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) unit were seen sporting the new uniform of the unit in a dark shade of blue. Reports say the uniform was designed by fashion designer Ashish Soni, while the colour and pattern was picked by Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik. The changes in the uniform have been made keeping in mind the need to differentiate the commandos from other policemen during special operations, say reports.