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Upgrading security

india Updated: Dec 12, 2008 01:26 IST
B.S. Sial

The latest attacks in Mumbai have shown that the intelligence machinery needs to be revamped immediately. Sanctioning 6,000 personnel for the Intelligence Bureau, though welcome, is like a drop in the ocean. Its manpower and other resources, including equipment, transport, training and incentives, require to be considerably augmented. State intelligence networks need to be positioned not only at state/range/district headquarters, but also in police stations and outposts.

Similarly, the state police needs to be urgently strengthened at all levels. The sanctioned strength of State Reserve Police Battalions also must be increased by 40-50 per cent besides sanctioning additional battalions.

Other suggestions:

n Mobile police patrols in cities and major towns must be increased substantially.

n A separate crime branch down to the police station level, with sufficient staff, trained in scientific investigation and interrogation techniques, must be set up.

n Effective national/state highways police patrols to help intercept fleeing criminals/terrorists must be set up.

n State Industrial Force (SISF) battalions on the pattern of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) must be created.

n A separate anti-terrorist force, on the pattern of the Cobra units of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the National Security Guard must be set up.

n There should be bomb detection and disposal squads, along with dog squads at state intelligence HQs and in each district and range HQs.

n Immigration and security staff at airports and hotels must be augmented.

n More police stations and outposts should be created and the Government Railway Police (GRP) should be strengthened.

n A coastal security police scheme should be immediately implemented. Man-power, equipment, ships, speed boats and buildings should be adequately provided.

n More police commissioners should be posted in major cities and towns. Recommendations of the National Police Commission and the September 26, 2006 judgement of the Supreme Court should be immediately implemented.

B.S. Sial is former Director General and Inspector General of Police, Karnataka.