Bengaluru IT Hub Trains Personnel For Paris-Type Terror Attacks

Spread across 1,100 acres and housing more than 200 technology firms that employ thousands of people, Electronics City, is a globally renowned location, which also means that threat perceptions are high.

And, with changing times and types of attacks, the Electronics City Industrial Township Authority (Elcita) is now training its personnel to deal with Paris-type of terror attacks—where a small group of armed men spring surprise attacks killing tens of people before they could response—and hopes to completely overhaul the way its people are trained in the future.

Elcita Chief Security Officer Lt Col (retd) Ishwar Doddamani told TOI: “The Paris kind of attacks can happen anywhere. With 200-odd firms including Infosys, Siemens, Wipro, TCS and others, Electronics City is a renowned place and can be a target. There’s this feeling that nothing will happen here and everything will happen to somebody else, given that security in the hinterland is the last priority in the country. We wanted to get away from this and equip ourselves with new techniques.”

In the last week of February, about 25 personnel from Elcita, including a few experts trained in Offensive Tactical Response (OTR), a unique counter–terror tactic and training method jointly offered by Synergia Foundation along with elite special forces experts from Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, Israel, UK, US and India. Read More…

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