Principal and Commandant, Institute of IED Management (IIM), Mohammed Jamal Khan has been the key person in carrying professional forensic examinations of multiple IED blasts in the country. IIM is a very critical institute with armed and police forces of various states including Maharashtra are being trained at its Talegaon based facility. The Institute has emerged to be one of the world class counter IED institute in the country under his leadership. Khan spoke to Nadeem Inamdar on the painstaking work being carried at the institute and its future roadmap.
What are the aims and objectives of the institute ?
Terror outfits making Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) has become a big concern for police departments. The terrorists are now using easily available chemicals like ammonium nitrate and fuel oil to make IEDs rather than procuring RDX, which is difficult. Though IED blasts are usually low intensity in nature, they can be lethal if used in crowded areas. The big challenge before the police is having good quality, grass root intelligence about suspects. It is also essential to train police personnel in the art of IED detection and neutralisation.
What has been you experience related to bomb blasts in the city during the recent past ?
It seems for terror acts these days, there is no need for RDX, the age-old military explosive that was first used in the 1993 Mumbai bombings. Investigators of J M Road serial blasts in Pune have found that bombs were made using locally available chemicals like ammonium nitrate and fuel oil mixture. This, of late, has made bomb-making easy and has become a cause of concern for law enforcers.
What is the future roadmap of the institute ?
Our is a State-of-the art Institute of IED Management is dedicated to finding ways of managing IED threat. It is equipped with world class model room with models of all major IED incidents across India and abroad. Our training lab trains armed, paramilitary and police forces across the country to detect, neutralize and destroy IEDs. Due to state of the art infrastructure and outstanding training methodology many of foreign countries are approaching India for training their troops in counter IED at IIM. The institute has emerged to one of the best counter IED institutes in the world. The IIM is also helping agencies like NIA in investigation of IED incidents in various part of India. The institute has also imparted hands on training to officers of Nepal Police and officers of CRPF in search, detection, identification and disposal of all kinds of IEDs.