Anti-militancy force of 200 put in place in city
27 May 2007
The Daily Excelsior
By Sanjeev Pargal
Jammu: With Intelligence inputs indicating ‘‘terror attacks' on some Indian cities including Jammu by Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), police in Jammu City have put a strong 200 work force of police personnel in place fully equipped in all respects including latest communication gadgets aimed at bringing all of them into action at one stroke. The latest anti-terror measures by police come close on the heels of installation of Close Circuit Television Sets (CCTVs) and equipping vehicles of DySPs and SHOs with latest technology AVLADs in entire City. Official sources told the Excelsior that a strong work force of 200 police officials including the senior ones besides SHOs and Incharge Police Posts (PPs) has been created in the City and a communication device with latest technique developed for them with which entire 'anti-terror' and 'anti-crime' force will swing into action within seconds and take over control of the site of terror or crime incident irrespective of the jurisdiction of police station or police post. The new strategy has been put in place with the initiative taken by SSP Jammu Mukesh Singh. Sources said all 200 police personnel including SHOs, PPs Incharge, Special Branch officials and operational parties comprising 'young Inspectors, Sub Inspectors and constables' will get an e-mail message on their 200 communication sets, specially designed by Airtel, simultaneously about the occurrence of a terror or crime incident in an area within the City. The communication system has been designed in such a way that any member of 200 'anti-terror force' can flash a message which will be received at once by entire force prompting them to join the action. Senior officers will also be equipped with the system, sources said. A total of three categories have been devised while setting up a strong 'anti-terror and anti-crime work force' of 200 police personnel in the City. The categories include gazetted officers, SHOs and Incharge Police Posts (of the rank of Inspectors and Sub Inspectors) and officials of Special Branch, Operational Group and Nakas upto the rank of constables. All 200 police personnel will be equipped with new communication system, sources said, adding police authorities have directed all of them to respond in no time after receiving the message on their communication sets. All 200 sets will ring up simultaneously containing the message flashed by any of the officer in whose area the terror attack or a major crime occur. The communication sets will also prove useful in tracing vehicles fleeing after causing an accident or violating signals of police and Traffic Police. All 200 communication sets have been provided to police by the Airtel free of cost as a goodwill gesture, sources said. They added that a lot of paper work will also be saved with installation of new communication devices. 'Every day, a number of messages are delivered to police stations and police posts by dispatchers (constables). Now, there will be no need of dispatchers moving from one police station to another as messages to SHOs, PPs Incharge and operational teams will be delivered on communication sets'. Sources said the need of latest communication system was felt among police officials especially in the City as it was observed that in case of fidayeen attacks and major crimes 'very quick action' was required from the police officials who were trained in dealing with militancy and crime. Besides police officers, SHOs and PPs Incharge, only those police personnel have been made part of the work force 'who were very active' in anti-militancy and anti-crime actions, they added.