Police to display their might on Nov 26
The state government will go all out on November 26 to assure people that it is prepared to tame any further terror attack, reports HT Correspondent.mumbai Updated: Nov 24, 2009 01:04 IST
The state government will go all out on November 26 to assure people that it is prepared to tame any further terror attack.
As a confidence-building measure, the city police will take out a security march from the Gateway of India to Girgaum Chowpatty on November 26 morning to observe the 60-hour ordeal that began at several places in south Mumbai.
The modern equipment that the city police have acquired after 26/11 will be on display at the march. A contingent of special attack squad ‘Force One’ will also take part.
The Force One will be dedicated to the state on Tuesday.
“Let us be united in our fight against terror,” said Chief Minister Ashok Chavan as he unveiled the programme details.
Chavan said the government would give people an oath “we commit ourselves” so that we derive strength from each other.
A memorial to the police personnel, who laid their lives fighting the terrorists, will be unveiled at the Police Gymkhana at Marine Lines. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram will be the chief guest at this inaugural ceremony.
In an all-religion prayer meeting near the Taj Hotel in the evening, the people will pay homage to the victims.
As per the plan, the police will display at the terror attack sites across the city the modern arms, equipment and vehicles they have acquired under a designed preparedness programme in last 11 months.
Apart from modernisation in terms of equipment, the state/city police have established a special group — Force One — on the lines of National Security Guards. The first batch of 204 personnel will get their badges on Tuesday at its Goregaon training centre.
Bomb detection and diffusion squads have been placed at 20 places in the state while coastal security has been enhanced by 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 equal number of existing spymasters.