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With the city becoming a repeated target of terror attacks, Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy on Tuesday announced the setting up a special force to deal with terrorist and extremist threats.
At a high level meeting in the evening, which reviewed the law and order situation in the wake of the twin blasts on Saturday, senior bureaucrats and policemen were told to take the help of national security agencies and international police organisations to draw up a blueprint within a week, including estimates of how much it would cost.
Andhra Pradesh already has an elite force, the Greyhounds, set up in 1986 to combat Naxalite terror. The Greyhounds have notable successes to their credit. The new force will be along similar lines.
“The organisation will be world class, at par or even above the level of the Research and Analysis Wing, and other top intelligence organizations,” said Reddy after the meeting. Those inducted into the new force will get higher salaries and perks. “Funds will never be a problem.”
“It is the police’s duty to always remain alert,” added Reddy. “They have to maintain law and order and prevent such incidents in future.”
M Purna Rao, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crimes), heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to probe the blasts, said: “Terrorists seek to achieve two major objectives by perpetrating acts like this.
One, to create panic in society. Two, to foment clashes between communities. We have to find out which terrorist modules or groups are involved and who sponsored them.” He confirmed that Neogel-90 was the explosive used, and it was manufactured in a factory in Nagpur. The SIT has been in touch with the Nagpur police, he added.
Meanwhile, one more person injured in the blast succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 43. Many more remain critical.