In a bid to tackle terror strikes and reduce response time in case of such attacks, Mumbai police on Thursday formed six "Quick Response Teams" (QRT) and armed them with modern weapons and vehicles.
"We felt the need of advanced equipment and trained policemen to tackle terror attacks in the city in the backdrop of November 26 terror strikes. Advanced weapons have been procured and Quick Response Teams have been formed for the five regions in the city," Home Minister Jayant Patil said on Thursday.
He also said a decision has been taken to double the salaries of QRT personnel, who have volunteered to be part of QRT which is also known as "First Response Team".
In all, 540 policemen, selected from Mumbai police force have been given rigorous commando level training including handling of weapons. They would be deployed at five regional control rooms in the city -- South, West, Central, East and North -- and also at main police control room.
Team consisting of 90 policemen in each region will be equipped with AK-47s, machine pistols, sub machine gun, and combat vehicles.