‘Army Plans Counter Insurgency Village to Train Troops’

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

At its 2011 set up Training centre for officers in Gaya Bihar, army is planning to create a “model village complete with a mosque and a church to train troops in counter militancy operations”.

The full- scale model will replace operations in the Northeast and J&K, The Mumbai based Economic Times reported on Friday from New Delhi.

“An elaborate tender floated by the academy has revealed the detailed plans of the proposed ‘counter militancy village’. The village will have several mannequins of villagers clad in burqas, pherans, ‘Muslim cap’, ‘Church father dress’ and Pathani suits. It will also have a few mannequins with ‘North East Ladies’ clothing, besides some with police uniform,” the report said.

“The idea is to replicate the situation that exists during real combat missions. This will give young personnel under training a chance to hone their skills before they go off for specialised training,” an army officer was quoted as having said. “One of the things being planned is a cart with a hidden space within, which is encountered during counter-insurgency operations.”

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