Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Elite intel wing for Andhra Pradesh

29 Aug 2007, 0237 hrs IST,TNN

HYDERABAD: Three bomb blasts in three months and nearly 60 deaths later, the state government on Tuesday decided to create a special intelligence wing of the state police on the lines of the elite Greyhounds to deal with terrorism and prevent terror attacks.

Announcing this after a review meeting on the law and order situation in the state, chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy told the media that the proposed organisation will be a world class one and will be on par if not above the standards of research and analysis wing (RAW) which is a central organisation.

A committee headed by chief secretary J Harinarayan, DGP M A Basith, Addl DG (Intelligence) K Arvind Rao, Hyderabad
police commissioner Balwinder Singh, etc, will study the various counter intelligence wings across the globe and make recommendations on the structure of the proposed new body. This committee would submit its report by next Monday.

The government will hold a special review meeting on Tuesday to take a final decision and the same would be ratified at the cabinet meeting scheduled to be held on Wednesday. Reddy said there would be no restriction on the size of the special team. "It can be as big as the police want and funds will not be a problem," he said.

He said the Greyhounds team in the state was formed with the specific agenda to deal with naxal problem in the state and it had succeeded in tackling the problem.

Some of the officers of the special wing will be drafted from the state police on deputation while some will be
recruited directly.

Special training would be imparted to them and their salary would also be 50 per cent higher than the normal pay. This special wing will have more teeth, he added.

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