With an aim to strengthen itself, the Chandigarh Police are working out modalities to set up a bomb detection and disposal squad (BDDS).
A proposal in this regard has been forwarded to the Chandigarh Administration for creation of posts and finances for equipment and vehicles.
A senior police officer, not wishing to be named, said the need for the BDDS was felt as there were a large number of Special Protection Group (SPG) protectees, National Security Guard (NSG) protectees, Z+ and Z category protectees who regularly visited the city.
Normally also, a large number of political demonstrations and rallies take place in Chandigarh. The police have in the past also got threats of explosives being planted in the city.
Inspector general of police (IGP) RP Upadhyaya said the proposal had been sent considering that Chandigarh was capital of two states. “There are several important institutions such as Punjab and Haryana high court, Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and various central government offices located here. The proposal has been sent for various equipment, manpower and vehicles for which the guidance has been taken from the NSG, New Delhi,” the IGP added.
As recommended by the NSG Delhi, the Chandigarh Police have asked for 27 equipment, which are urgently required. The equipment include, telescopic inspection mirror, telescopic prodder, search kit magnifying, car remote operating tool kit, search tool kit, mini ROV, blasting machine and water jet disruptor.
Apart from this, the police have also asked for 51 manpower posts to be created and recruited in the police department. These include officer, inspector, sub-inspector, technician (ORs), dog handler and a driver.
Meanwhile, seven vehicles have also been sought.