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Goa police wait for anti-terror squad

india Updated: Jul 03, 2009 20:47 IST

Goa Police's plans to raise an anti-terrorist squad (ATS) has hit a financial roadblock even as the coastal state earlier this week received intelligence inputs about possible terror attack.

"Although we have submitted the proposal, the state has to look out for finances to form the squad. When we send the proposal, the (Home) Ministry just cannot agree to it without working on the financial aspects," Director General of Police B S Bassi told reporters in Panaji.

Bassi was addressing media in presence of Home Minister Ravi Naik after commissioning Missing Persons Squad at the police headquarters in Panaji on Thursday.

Goa, besides Maharashtra and Gujarat, has sounded an alert following intelligence inputs warning of a terror assault on the west coast by Lashkar-e-Toiba's sea wing.

The DGP said the just-launched Quick Response Teams (QRTs) would double up as ATS in case of emergencies.

"The QRTs and Special Branch would function as anti-terrorist squad," Bassi said, talking about the AK-47 armed police teams commissioned recently.

The Goa police chief said the tourist state is peaceful but it needs an ATS as its "peaceful nature can put it on terror radar."