Home minister RR Patil has scotched reports that the state government was planning to disband the anti-terrorism squad (ATS). He admitted, however, that there were differences between the ATS and crime branch, and he was trying to resolve them.
“There is no truth to reports in certain section of media (not HT), which said that we are going to disband the ATS,” Patil told mediapersons on Monday at his Mantralaya office. “There are some problems between the two [the ATS and crime branch] and I'm trying to find a solution.”
Patil underscored the need for proper allocation of work.
“Currently, there is some overlap of work. We [the home department] need to tell them [the ATS and the crime branch] what they are supposed to do.” Patil emphasised that no agency could work in isolation. “Several agencies work on similar cases; it is all about team work.”
The home minister said that he was working towards strengthening the ATS. “The Maharashtra ATS has solved local as well as national-level cases. Central agencies like the National Investigations Agency (NIA) have immense trust in our unit.”
The home minister spoke highly of ATS chief Rakesh Maria. “He is excellent at his work and has the capacity to match up to any challenge.”