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Meghalaya inducts new commando force

By Correspondent

SHILLONG, Oct 6 - Meghalaya police on Wednesday inducted a highly skilled commando force, called Special Force-10, mandated primarily to combat terrorists and insurgents.

The first SF-10 batch included 223 commandos and 115 rangers. The passing out parade was held after completion of six months of their basic training and three-and-a half months of Special Commando Counter Insurgency Course.

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who took the salute as the chief guest here at Mawiong, congratulated the young men and women. Expressing confidence that the new recruits should be �able to take up the most challenging tasks� of serving the State and the nation, he said.

On challenges in dealing with the law and order situations, Sangma said, there has to be continuous trainings using new and advanced technologies.

�The trainings must continue so that the security forces are competent and equipped enough to take on new age criminals and also the challenges of law and order situations,� the Chief Minister added.

Sangma also flagged off 30 SF-10 vehicles and distributed prizes to the 10 best commandos in different disciplines. The commandos also staged an ambush and counter-ambush demonstration on the occasion.

SF-10 was created to have the State�s own specialised force to deal with counter-insurgency operations, crowd control and management during law and order situations.

The counter insurgency training was provided by Army Special Forces, coordinated by Brigadier WBJ Sturgeon (Retd) while the instructors were from Meghalaya Police.

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