India’s first all-woman Special Weapons and Tactics Team has 36 women; all from North East India

India's first all-woman SWAT team

Ahead of the Independence Day, the Delhi Police inducted 36 women from Northeast for anti-terrorist operations. This is India’s first all-woman Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

After rigorous training of around 15 months from specialists all across India and abroad, 36 women commandos from the northeastern states have been inducted into this squad. Out of 36, 13 members are from Assam, rest of them hail from Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Manipur.

India's first all-woman SWAT team

The team is ready to take on hostage crises and terror strikes in urban areas. The members of this all-women SWAT team received better ratings at the Police Training College in Jharoda Kalan than their male counterparts, said Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the women commandos will be deployed at Red Fort and India Gate during Independence Day celebrations. Armed with MP5 submachine guns and Glock 21 pistols, all the members of the force are also well-versed in Israeli Krav Maga, an unarmed combat style. Members of this team are also experts in building interventions, counter ambush and VVIP security etc.