With procuring material for IEDs (improvised explosive devices) no longer a difficult task and their use not limited to terrorists, there was no one fit-for-all situation in drawing up a counter IED strategy, former Meghalaya Governor R. S. Mooshahary said today.
Delivering the keynote address at the 16th International seminar on “Counter IED Strategy” , Mr. Mooshahary, a former Director General of the National Security Guard (NSG) and the Border Security Force (BSF), paid tributes to the professionalism exhibited by the National Security Guards despite not being the first responder in case of an IED explosion that made even the first responder look up to it.
Sometimes, it is very difficult to detect IEDs. Its use is not limited to terrorists these days, even protestors are using them. Some of the old mechanisms may not be able to detect the new generation devices and there is no one fit-for-all situation, he added.
“Technology in the hands of revengeful hearts can be used for mass destruction,” he added.
Mr R C Tayal, DG, NSG said IEDs were a deadly mixture of chemicals that can be assembled in many ways. Easy access to this material makes it a very low-risk and low-cost venture for the terrorists.
“We need to work in the direction of making it a very high-risk venture for the terrorists and organised criminals. IEDs are one of the most accessible material globally used to destroy critical infrastructure. Because of this not only civilian lives are lost, but security forces are also facing casualties,” he added.
In the year 2015, as many 268 incidents of IED blasts have taken place, which resulted in 117 casualties. The number of casualties could be curtailed primarily because of the pro-active measures which intelligence agencies have taken to prevent some of the major incidents. A comprehensive approach is needed to tackle this most serious threat, Mr Tyagi said.
“Our procedures should aim at prevention, detention, effective neutralisation and mitigation of consequences in case any incident has taken place,” he added.
Saying that there was a sound policing system in India, hesaid that if police remained alert, they could play a crucial role in preventing such incidents. Cooperation and information sharing between friendly countries was very important to tackle such incidents, he added.
On the occasion, Mr. Mooshahary also unveiled ‘Bomb Shell’ Magazine, 2016 which contains details of various IED explosions that occurred in various parts of the world in the year 2015 besides articles by several experts.
The two-day seminar, hosted by the NSF, offers a platform to the national and international experts of police and armed forces, law enforcement, security, intelligence and forensic agencies and other allied organizations for exchange of expertise, ideas and experiences.
This year, besides delegates from leading security agencies of India, experts from the US, Israel, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Canada, Russia, Japan, Singapore, Philippines and Vietnam are also attending the seminar.
On the first day of the seminar yesterday, the delegates witnessed a demonstration of Post Blast Operations & Analysis, case studies & analysis of counter-terrorism strategy besides a visit to the National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC) located at NSG Campus, Manesar, Gurgaon.