Training to CISF Commandos to tackle hostage situations inside Delhi metro tunnel

After recent inputs from Central intelligence agencies over need for securing metro trains inside underground tunnels, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has started a response training program for its quick reaction teams (QRTs). An officer associated with the program said the training which started recently will be completed within three months. The drill is conducted between midnight and 4am when metro operations for the public are closed, he said. Officials said the paramilitary force is conducting the training at different stations every day so that commandos become familiar with most of the existing tunnels.

Recalling challenges faced by commandos during the training, senior officers said the tunnels remain dark and are relatively low on oxygen. “A medical team accompanies the commandos as they move into the tunnel. The tunnel has lights but they are very dim. In any such situation, the entire operation will have to be completed in the dark. Our men are already trained in handling weapons blindfolded,” the officer said.

The CISF men are also being taught how to access a locked metro train from outside. “They will carry specially designed tools which will help them get inside a train,” the officer added. The officer also mentioned that such alerts from intelligence agencies are received in routine to strengthen the existing security perimeter. “It does not concern general commuters. There is no cause for alarm though,” he said