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'India, US should together combat terrorism'

kolkata Updated: Jan 28, 2009 23:04 IST

India and the US should work together to combat terrorism, American Center Director Douglas Kelly said in Kolkata.

"India and the US share a lot of similarity and so we should work together to combat terrorism," Kelly said at a seminar on 'National Security and Public Awareness' organised by the Public Relations Society of India at the American Center.

Emphasising that public support was very important in maintaining the internal security of the city, Kolkata Commissioner of Police Gautam Mohan Chakraborty said, "People were not only important for instant information but could be used as grass-root intelligence whom police could use as a threat indicator."

Chakraborty said terrorists groups, however, dreaded they might be needed some kind of public support for any kind of operation.

"So if police can maintain a good rapport with the local people they can get necessary information beforehand," he said.

With the Kolkata police having a strength of 25,000 men against the one crore population of the metropolis, Chakraborty said, "We can, therefore, afford one policeman for every 450 persons and have to depend on the eyes and ears of the public.

"We have advertised some numbers so that people can inform us instantly and we are getting a very good response," the commissioner said.