A two-day international seminar on Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Counter Terrorism strategy”, organized by the National Security Guard (NSG), concluded on Feb. 17. About 19 international delegates from 10 countries and 140 delegates and Police Officers from Indian States and Central Armed Police Forces participated in the seminar. The theme of the seminar was “Innovative Technological Trends of IEDs and Strategy to counter the menace” & “Terrorism-Trends and Counter Strategy”, said a press statement.
On the first day, inaugurating the seminar, Sudeep Lakhtakia, IPS, Director General, National Security Guard, welcomed all the delegates/guests. The National Bomb Data Centre’s annual journal “The Bombshell” containing collection of articles on IEDs and counter measures was released by Maj. Gen Balraj Singh, Director General Combat Engineers.
IEDs are a major challenge to security forces all over the country. They have accounted for major killings of security forces in LWE affected States, North East and ever in J & K. On many occasions, the innocent citizens have been victims of the IEDs. The deliberations included focusing on various aspects of dealing with IEDs. Experts from within the country as well as from UK, USA and Philippines shared their experiences and proposed recommendations to counter this menace. A demonstration on Counter IED capabilities was also organised by National Bomb Data Centre in NSG campus at Manesar.
This seminar has become a major event on the contemporary issues of National Security attended by experts and practitioners from all over the world, including security and intelligence professionals. Rajender Khanna, IPS (Retd), Deputy NSA Government of India graced the occasion as Chief Guest at NSG Campus Manesar, Haryana on Feb. 17, 2018. In his keynote address, Khanna stressed on the need of re-evaluation and scrutiny of our strategies to fight terrorism. Several senior retired officers of armed forces, Indian Police Service and civil administration shared their valuable thoughts and suggested various strategies to counter terrorism.
The issue of radicalisation and its dynamics was discussed at length including its propagation and safeguards in social media. Same of the solution suggested were low cost, outreach initiatives by difference agencies, which could prevent and counter this phenomena. RR Bhatnagar, IPS, DG, CRPF, delivered the valedictory address who also briefly focussed on the strategy to counter radicalisation and the need for structures, strategies and synergy for counter terrorism.