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Centre to strengthen Special Forces in Bangalore

india Updated: Mar 20, 2009 16:14 IST

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The Centre will augment the strength of Special Forces in Banglore in two phases to ensure swift counter-action against any terror threat, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Friday.

Chidambaram was on a day's visit to the Special Forces Unit, set-up in the city, having 100 personnel from all ranks who can be deployed at a very short notice.

"The Special Forces will be strengthened in two phases. In the first phase approximately 250 persons of all ranks and, in the second phase another 250 persons of all ranks will reach Bengaluru. By the end of this month, we will have approximately 600 persons of all ranks of Special Forces Batallion at Bengaluru," Chidambaram said.

The concept of Special Forces was mooted after the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.

The Home Minister, during his address to the conference of Chief Ministers of Internal Security in January this year, has said that in addition to setting NSG hubs in four metros, trained anti-terror force units will be set up by the defence forces.

As per the plan, Bangalore is being covered by the Army and the Special Forces are stationed with Territorial Army Batallion in Benson town but eventually they would be moved to its new location in Hebbai.