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Bhanu (Panchkula): The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) which patrols the LAC and China is training its personnel in a new “offensive” fighting style to acquire better skills to face the enemy in situations like the Galwan war. 2020 where raw weapons were used. inflicting fatal injuries on Indian soldiers by China’s PLA.
The training module contains 15-20 different fighting techniques taken from different martial arts such as judo, karate, and krav maga that include moves such as punching, kicking, throwing, locking joints and pressing down.
The training of about three months duration is imparted by veteran ITBP trainers who train the recruits at the basic training center (BTC) in Panchkula for combat inoculation before they are commissioned into the border force.
“The new unarmed combat system includes both defensive and offensive measures. We introduced this module for our soldiers last year on the orders of our former chief Sanjay Arora. Combat skills it will immobilize the opponent and can also distract them,” ITBP. Inspector General Ishwar Singh Duhan told the news agency PTI.
Inspector General Duhan heads the BTC located at Bhanu in Panchkula, 25 km from Chandigarh.
The brutal tactics of medieval China
Chinese soldiers used stones, sticks soaked with nails, iron rods and sticks to brutally attack Indian soldiers after they protested the installation of an observation post by China on the Indian side of the LAC at Galwan (Ladakh) in June. 2020, which resulted in 20 casualties on the Indian side while China said recently that only four of its troops were killed.
Russia’s official news agency TASS they reported that 45 Chinese servicemen were killed in the Galwan Valley battle. According to the American intelligence report, the number of people killed on the Chinese side was 35.
Unarmed warfare trains troops to direct their forces in such a way that the opponent is killed, said a senior officer in charge of the training here.
The perils of high war
Inspector General Duhan said the army has also introduced special training capsules aimed at improving the “physical capacity” of soldiers deployed in the most difficult areas near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) which are constantly facing and natural conditions such as snowstorms, avalanches, and low oxygen conditions.
“We have now made a plan where the army stationed at the border and high places will not be deployed for more than 90 days. Arrangements have been made to ensure timely replacement of the troops. from border posts,” the IG said.
It is not that these measures and instructions were not there earlier but we are implementing these issues seriously as the limit is now very effective.
Officials said that the ITBP has studied several scientific methods and received data from the DRDO’s Defense Institute of Physiology Allied Sciences (DIPAS) which shows how prolonged deployment of personnel can cause “irreparable damage”. repaired” in the human body.
It was then decided that the soldiers who had been sent to the higher ground should be transferred within a period of three months.
As a result of the standoff, ITBP has implemented the order in letter and spirit now, the senior official quoted above said.
The situation in India and China is close to two and a half years
India and China have been locked on a permanent border in Ladakh for over 29 months. The relationship between the two countries came under severe strain after the deadly clash in Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh in June, 2020 .
The eastern border of Ladakh erupted on May 5, 2020, after a fierce battle in the Pangong lake areas. Both sides gradually upgraded their deployments by rushing tens of thousands of troops and heavy weapons.
As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, these two sides completed the process of disengagement last year on the northern and southern shores of the Pangong lake in the Gogra region.
Last month, Indian and Chinese soldiers withdrew from Patrolling Point 15 in the Gogra-Hotsprings area.
However, there has been no progress in resolving the disputes in Demchok and Depsang areas.
The nearly 98,000-strong ITBP has been tasked with guarding the 3,488 km long LAC from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh and is currently being deployed along with the Army in these areas since the outbreak of war.