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CM wants cops to display might on 26/11 anniversary

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan wants the state police to publicly display their improved might on the first anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks.

mumbai Updated: Nov 05, 2009 00:55 IST
HT Correspondent

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan wants the state police to publicly display their improved might on the first anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks.

Chavan feels it will help build confidence among people about the preparedness of police force.

The plan was devised at a review meeting chaired by Chavan on Wednesday. “Our police force is all equipped and it has the strength to challenge any eventuality,” said a press release from the CM’s office.

The sychronised attacks began at several places in south Mumbai on November 26, 2008 and lasted until November 29, killing at least 173 people including three senior police officers. Nine of the 10 terrorists were killed. The lone survivor, Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab is facing trial in the special court.

The police will, at the terror attack sites, display the modern arms, equipment and vehicles they have acquired over the last 11 months under a designed preparedness programme.

The police have also established a 216-member special group, Force One, on the lines of National Security Guards. Bomb detection and defusal squads have been stationed at 20 places in the state while coastal security has been enhanced by mobilising new high-speed boats and special offshore police stations.

An intelligence wing with the strength of 85 highly trained direct recruits is already in place. This wing gets support from an equal number of existing spymasters.