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State security corps inducts first batch

The first batch of the Maharashtra State Security Corporation (MSSC), established to protect vital installations in the city after the 26/11 terror attack, was inducted into the services at a ceremony held at the SRPF ground, Goregaon, on Monday.

mumbai Updated: Dec 29, 2011 01:50 IST
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The first batch of the Maharashtra State Security Corporation (MSSC), established to protect vital installations in the city after the 26/11 terror attack, was inducted into the services at a ceremony held at the SRPF ground, Goregaon, on Monday.

Speaking at the ceremony, vice chairman and managing director of the MSSC, PK Jain said though the MSSC had managed to get clients like BMC, BSE and SEBI, the force was yet to be armed as there was no place for them to keep the arsenal. “We need a place – headquarters – to keep our arms and also a proper training place. We hope these requirements are met soon,” he said.

Additional chief secretary (home) Umeshchandra Sarangi said the MSSC was established after the 26/11 terror attacks as it was seen that terrorists targeted vital installations and it was not possible for the police to protect all installations at all times.

“MSSC was formed as the Central and state governments felt there could be such attacks in the future,” he said.

Sarangi admitted that there was a shortage of resources and hence only a small batch of 265 was inducted in the first batch, but added that the government was working on all demands of the MSSC including that of arming them.

MSSC will start work from January 1, 2012. The aim behind starting the force was to free the police department of the responsibility of providing security to institutions.

The MSSC has already placed an advertisement for 1,300 more guards and security for many more installations like oil refineries is in the pipeline. They have been empowered to detain any miscreants at the place where they are providing security and hand him over the nearest police station.