State wants special unit to fight biological, nuclear terror
Post 26/11, the state government wants to ensure security forces are prepared for every kind of terror attack.mumbai Updated: Jan 22, 2010 01:16 IST
Post 26/11, the state government wants to ensure security forces are prepared for every kind of terror attack.
Home Minister R. R. Patil, in a review meeting with senior officials, has asked Force One to prepare a proposal for a Chemical-Biological-Nuclear (CBN) warfare unit.
Force One was set up after the 26/11 attacks as a specialised cadre to fight terror.
“CBN warfare unit will need specially trained men, who can detect and perceive the threat. The minister wants to set up a small back up unit that can do this and alert the force,’’ said an official present at the meeting.
The unit will function under Force One and would be responsible for collating and liaise with intelligence systems and laboratories.
The general view at the meet was that Mumbai needs to get out of provincial thinking about policing and be sensitised about these kinds of future attacks.
Senior police officers including Anti-Terrorism Squad chief K.P. Raghuvanshi and acting Director General of Police A.N. Roy, and Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Chandra Iyengar were present at the meeting.
“I welcome the initiative. With foreign policies evolving and technological support available, the state can set up a back-up unit to detect and deal with this kind of threat. Mumbai as an international city needs this kind of attention,’’ said U K Mukhopadhyay, former state home secretary.
He added that the challenge before the state would be to get the right kind of people for the job.
Meanwhile, the city police have got maps of important installations and buildings. It conducted 55 mock drills in these structures. The Quick Response Team that failed to react during the 26/11 attacks has now been redrafted and set up at 17 places in the city.