City cops to fight terror reluctantly
For the first time, two Delhi Police officers will serve on the National Investigation Agency (NIA) — a federal agency to combat terror in the country, reports Vijaita Singh.delhi Updated: Nov 23, 2009 23:58 IST
For the first time, two Delhi Police officers will serve on the National Investigation Agency (NIA) — a federal agency to combat terror in the country.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Subhash Tandon and Sub Inspector Checkpal Sehrawat were sent on deputation to the NIA on Monday.
The orders came on the directions of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Tandon is presently posted with the Crime Branch and Sehrawat with the computer cell at the police headquarters. The duo were reportedly handpicked by the elite agency.
Delhi Police sources said the names of the two officers were cleared on Monday on the directions of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Months after the NIA was constituted, the agency had issued a circular to Delhi Police seeking their consent to join the agency. Sources said none of the officers gave their consent to join the agency.
“After the NIA did not get any response from Delhi Police, they wrote to the MHA to send officers on deputation,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.
Sources said officers were reluctant to join the agency due to “various risks” involved with its operations.
“As it is an anti-terror unit, officers from the Special Cell were the obvious choice. None of them consented to joining the agency,” said the officer.
Tandon, who was recently promoted as ACP, is presently posted with the Special Team of Crime Branch. He played a key role in arresting Jagtar Singh Hawara, an active member of the banned terrorist outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) who had killed former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.
Tandon had also solved the 1997 transistor serial blasts that killed more than 20 people.
SI Sehrawat has reportedly been chosen by the NIA for his acumen in “computer programming.” Sehrawat recently designed a website of Motor Accidents Claim Tribunal making it easy for Delhiites to get their insurance claims.