BENGALURU: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) of the ISRO Satellite Centre on Republic Day conducted a ‘silent weapons drill’, which according to many is a rare exercise.
The drill, normally practiced by the United States Marine Corps, deals with forming different firing positions and formations with accuracy, without any voice command whatsoever.
Apart from this, the CISF personnel also partook in the stripping down and re-assembly of weapons, including the AK-47, self-loading rifle (SLR), the INSAS rifle and a pistol, with their blindfolds on. Officials said some parts of the guns were mixed up, but that didn’t deter the CISF personnel.
The initiative was taken up by ISRO unit commander and deputy commandant M K T Selvan as per the directive issued by the CISF director general Arvind Ranjan recently. “The CISF has taken several steps in ensuring that their professionalism is retained, especially keeping in mind the current security situation in the country,” an official said.