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State revamps intelligence set-up

The terror attack on November 26, 2008, has forced the state government to unify and streamline intelligence and police agencies in Maharashtra.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2009 01:13 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh

The terror attack on November 26, 2008, has forced the state government to unify and streamline intelligence and police agencies in Maharashtra.

As part of its attempts to tackle terror, the state has revamped its intelligence set up, appointing a point person as director general of police (special operations) who will coordinate between the Anti-Terrorism Squad as well as anti-Naxalite forces.

The state has also appointed the principal secretary (law and order), Home Department, as the nodal officer for handling all intelligence reports and taking appropriate action on them.

The state laid out all these steps in its Action Taken Report that was submitted in the Assembly on Tuesday.

The Pradhan committee, in its report — which is yet to be tabled in the Assembly — has claimed that there was no effective system in place for intelligence analysis in the state.

The government, in response to the report, stated that the state has gone in for an overhaul of the intelligence system. It has started a weekly intelligence meeting presided over by the chief minister and attended by the additional chief secretary, director general of police (DGP), commissioner of police and state intelligence commissioner.

“The setting up of this group has now led to proper analysis of the intelligence inputs,” the government said.

The Pradhan committee has also ticked off the government over the confusion in its ranks over action to be taken on the intelligence provided by the state intelligence units to its field officers.

In order to tide over this contingency, the government claimed that it has completely overhauled the way actions was being taken on intelligence inputs.

In the present scheme of things, all intelligence inputs received from the Centre are given to the DGP and the chief secretary. The new plan calls for weekly review meetings that will be held to check the analysis and action being taken on the intelligence inputs received.

The state, which has come under the scanner for not providing adequate arms and ammunition to the police, said rules for procurement of equipment required for the force are being amended. An empowered committee has also been set up to allow a quick and single point procurement agency.

“We are also formalising a new arms and ammunition policy. The policy will help list out the types of weapons required for various streams of the police force,” it stated.

It is also planning to fill up all vacant police positions. All high-ranking positions will be filled by July while those at the sub-inspector level to be filled by October.

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