The state government on Friday appointed Senior Police Officer Jayant Umranikar as Additional Director General (Special Operations) to head and coordinate special operations against terrorists and Naxalites.
Home Minister Jayant Patil made the announcement in the State Legislature.
This is for the first time that the state government has decided to create a post at a senior level to supervise the operations against terrorists and Naxalites. This is part of the various measures that are being taken to restructure the state’s anti-terror mechanism.
Umranikar, a former Intelligence Bureau officer, will coordinate among the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), the Anti-Naxal Squad and State Intelligence.
“In the changed circumstances, we needed to put a senior police officer who would supervise the operations by coordinating with intelligence agencies, without getting occupied with administrative work,” said a Home Department official.
Umranikar (59) fits the bill.
An Indian Police Service officer of 1973 batch, Umranikar has the experience of anti-naxalite operations and is also well versed with the intelligence agencies' functioning.
One of the reasons for the state government's failure to prevent the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai was the lack of coordination between the intelligence and operation wings of the government.
“Terrorism and naxalism are two big threats for the state’s security. We have special squads countering them,” said the official.
“Both these squads are given inputs by the intelligence agencies. But there is no single point of supervision and coordination. It will happen now through the Additional Director General (Special Operations).”
Umranikar is currently posted as Addition Director General (Training).
The appointment came a day after the state government appointed K P Raghuvanshi as head of the Anti-Terrorism Squad on Wednesday.