Wednesday, August 29, 2007

AP mulls anti-terrorist body

BS Reporter / Chennai/ Hyderabad August 29, 2007

The Andhra Pradesh government would take a final decision next Tuesday on a proposal to set up a specialised organisation to deal with terrorist operations in the state.

A committee of senior police officials would be immediately constituted to look into the proposal. The committee would come up with suggestions by Monday, a press release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said.

Chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy has mooted the idea of a powerful, vibrant and dynamic organisation on the lines of Greyhounds in the intelligence department with the state police to deal firmly with terrorism and the security of the state.

“This oganisation will be world-class and could be on par or above the standards of Centre’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and other top class intelligence organisations,” it said.

The new organisation would have a full-fledged set up and infrastructure with dedicated manpower, who will be given higher pay and perks. The state currently has a Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB), exclusively meant for anti-naxal operations.

The new anti-terrorist wing is expected to be headed by an Inspector General rank official, according to sources.

The government wants to hand over the investigation of the Hyderabad twin blasts case to this new organisation. The state cabinet in its next meeting will give a formal approval for the creation of this anti-terror wing.

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