The July 27 terrorist attack at Dinanagar near Gurdaspur in Punjab, could have led to a bigger disaster, had the Punjab Police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) commandoes not swung into action. It was the real test for the four-year-old SWAT—trained in Krav Maga, an Israeli military counter-terrorism system —by a New Delhi-based trainer Vikram Kapoor.
The sharpshooters passed the test with flying colours as they not only cornered the three suicidal terrorists holed up inside Dina Nagar police station in Gurdaspur but also succeeded in gunning them down after 12-hour firefight.
As the commandoes grabbed headlines for their precise operation, Kapoor – who has expertise in Israeli Self Defence and Combat Fighting skills and runs security training programme for youngsters in South Delhi – too was in the spotlight.
His proud moment had come when he was selected by the Punjab Police, along with three Israeli officers, to train men and officers on the lines of US military armed personnel who are experts in responding to threats such as active shooters, barricaded suspects, hostage taking and terrorist incidents.