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Top guns to fight terrorism

In two month’s time, Mumbai’s Anti Terrorism Squad will have upgraded equipment for its combat wing to handle hostage situations, reports Debasish Panigrahi.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2008 01:38 IST
Debasish Panigrahi

Under constant threat from terrorists, India’s commercial capital is clearly in need of the best available security. And that’s what it’s going to get.

In two month’s time, Mumbai’s Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) will have upgraded equipment for its combat wing — the Quick Response Team (QRT) — typically called to handle hostage situations.

The team already has one night-vision goggles, and orders were placed last month for German-made Heckler and Koch MP5 sub-machine guns and long-range sniper rifles, sources told the Hindustan Times. More night-vision goggles are on the way.

The MP5 sub-machine guns are handy in ambush and rescue operations, the snipers are said to be the most reliable tools for long-range targets.

ATS chief Inspector General Hemant Karkare, said: “It’s a team of extremely well-trained officers. Our efforts are to improve its firepower.”

At present, the unit uses AK series assault rifles and Austrian-made Glok pistols for close combats, said Inspector J.O. Thokal, QRT. “Advanced weaponry will enhance our strike range.”

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