Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Greyhounds-like force in State soon

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: An elite force will be constituted in the State soon on the lines of the Greyhounds, the special anti-naxalite police outfit, to tackle terrorism.

The new force will have two wings, one for collecting information about the terrorists’ plans to serve as a counter-intelligence agency and the other for field operations.

A decision to constitute the new force was taken by Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy at a meeting here on Tuesday to review the law and order situation in the State against the backdrop of the twin bomb blasts in Hyderabad and the spate of bomb threats on Monday.

Addressing a press conference later, Dr. Reddy declared “the force will be powerful, vibrant and dynamic to deal firmly with terrorism and threats to the security of the State. It will be developed as a world class organisation equal to the Union Government’s Research Analysis Wing.”

The Chief Minister said those taken in for the anti-terrorist force would be paid 25 to 50 per cent higher salaries than that of the regular police.

Fifty per cent of its candidates would be recruited directly and the other half filled by deputations. Dr. Reddy said an experts’ committee had been appointed to work out the details of the proposed force. It will submit a report by Monday next after a meeting with Chief Secretary J. Harinarayan.

Asked about the investigation of the bomb blasts case, he said, “there is progress”. He, however, refused to divulge further details, saying it was not good in the interest of the investigation.

‘Rebuild confidence’

The Chief Minister asked the police top brass to be vigilant against terrorism and rebuild confidence among the public, tourists and investors so that Andhra Pradesh would continue to be a happening State and Hyderabad a peaceful and expanding city.

Among those present at the meeting were M. A. Basith, Director-General of Police, K. Aravinda Rao, IG, Intelligence, Balwinder Singh, Hyderabad Police Commissioner

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