Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has asked the police department to study and procure modern weapons and technologies to counter strategies used by terrorists in their attacks.
“While we are working towards strengthening our police force, everyone in the force must keep themselves apprised of new and modern techniques used by terror modules,” Chavan said in a meeting on police force modernisation that took place on Thursday.
The meeting was attended by Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, home minister RR Patil, minister of state for home Satej Patil, additional chief secretary Umeshchandra Sarangi and officials from the home department.
After the November 2008 terror attack, the Maharashtra government has put a police force modernisation program in place. The plan includes setting up a special force on the lines of the NSG, procuring modern weapons, bullet proof jackets, special patrolling boats and installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at strategic locations.
Superintendent of police (railways) of Nagpur, Yashaswi Yadav, who is considered an expert in modern communication systems, made a presentation on the various weapons and technologies used by terrorists. These include internet-based wireless phones and hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) machines.
RR Patil has asked Yadav to provide more information about radar technology. The radar system purportedly helps in spotting enemy radars and can provide electronic countermeasures to jam them.
“The security of citizens is primary in Mumbai, and the CCTV project should gain some more speed. Along with Mumbai, the home department should work out similar projects for Nagpur and Pune also,” Chavan added.
The state government is in the process of finalising tenders for installing 5,000 CCTVs across Mumbai, of which 1,800 will be installed in the first phase.