November 2006 News

Kashmir to teach cops how to spy

17 November 2006
Indo-Asian News Service

Jammu: Faced with continuing terrorist activities, Jammu and Kashmir has set up an intelligence training school where policemen will be taught modern methods of spying and how to track coded messages of militants.The school, set up in the Criminal Investigation Department building of the state police here, will be inaugurated soon, said an official. Said to be the first such in the country, it will start training its inaugural batch soon.It will impart training in intelligence gathering on the sleeper cells of terrorists and on different militant outfits, besides teaching various languages. 'The focus would be two-fold. First, it would involve working in the field, interacting with people and speaking in their language and use of various communication devices to pass information on time,' an official told IANS.Secondly, the training would involve tracking the coded language of the terrorists and their outfits while they are in communication with one another on phones, wireless or on the Internet.The curriculum will acquaint the men on how terrorist groups are trying to pass on their messages through videotape.The first batch of trainees would be drawn from among the intelligence sleuths of the state. Setting up the school had become a necessity due to the growing terrorist activities and shifting strategies of the separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir, the official said. 'An effective intelligence is the core of anti-insurgency operations,' he said.'Pre-empting a terror act is a reward in itself, so is tracking the perpetrators of violence.'


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