Here comes good news for the Civilians who are interested to learn handling rifles. The Civilian Rifle Training Association which had remained defunct for past nine years will be revived soon.
Few years ago, the Rifle Association faced a major setback and since then City Armed Reserve Police was providing rifle training for civilians. But now again plans have been made to revive the Association.
Disclosing this to Express, Police Commissioner KL Sudheer said that after holding a meeting with concerned officials, the decision will be taken.
In 2011, eight batch of training programmes were conducted and about 271 Civilians have obtained training. This year from January to till date, about three batch of training has been provided.
In a bid to imbibe self confidence, courage, self protection and to promote good relations between Police department and public, a training course in rifle shooting was introduced. The Mysore city police together with the Rifle Association started the Civilian Rifle Training Course (CRTC) and started providing training since 1989. But since 2003-04, the Association remained defunct.
Association Secretary Rameshchandra said that 'there was a huge demand for Civilian Rifle training. We used to held training in two batches some time and the strength would exceed about 40 members.'
'We took active interest to enroll members by distributing pamplets, give advertisements in newspapers and provide wide publicity about the training, as a result there was overwhelming response,' he added.
The Association which has a strength of ten members is planning to bring back its glory in rifle training, if revived. According to sources, it is learnt that there is a decline in the number of candidates enrolling for the training from past five-six years.
As per CAR DCP Prabha Shankar said that 'earlier there were not many localities and extensions, which resulted in more number of admission to rifle training to protect their property and selves. Whereas at present the situation is different.'