Commandos get set for action

The general public will get a glimpse of the commandos’ acquired skills on the day.
At a function organised to brief the newly posted Assistant Commissioners of Police here, the Director General and Inspector General of Police, S Ramesh said: "We have handpicked and trained the commandos on the lines of the National Security Guards (NSG). In any eventuality, we have on standby trained men and machinery.”

Besides, starting June 20, a 10-day crash course on counter-terrorism will be arranged for police officers at Kudlu on Hosur Road.

The CCT will have a total strength of 160. The concept of starting a counter-terrorism unit took shape after Bangalore witnessed two major terror incidents — the shootout at the Indian Institute of Science  on December 28, 2005 that killed a visiting Professor, M C  Puri, from the Institute of Economics, IIT-Delhi, and the serial blasts of June 26, 2009, in which one person was killed and 20 were injured.

Home Minister R Ashoka said: "Karnataka police will not surrender to anti-social or underground elements. Our officers are highly talented and are abreast of the information regarding international goons who are sitting in some corner and terrorising builders and businessmen by asking them to pay ransom.”

He added: "For the same purpose, we are installing jammers at the central jail. An amount of Rs nine crore has been set aside for the purpose. We are on constant vigil and we are aware of the happenings around the world and ready for eventuality.”

The jammers will be installed in other jails of the State as well in due course. The locality police stations have been asked to keep a watch on gunmen (private operators), especially from outside the State, who are being hired by businessmen, realtors and other people fearing threat to their lives.

Ashoka said: "We are closely monitoring the weapon licence holders who are sneaking into the State and the purpose they are being hired for."

Black sheep among men in khaki

Home Minister R Ashoka strongly believes that there are some black sheep in the police department who are in constant touch with underworld goons and overseas dons. “I have requested the top brass to give me a report in a month's time. Once it is placed, we will make way for their punishment and easy exit,” he said.

DG and IGP, along with Bangalore city commissioner will have all powers to take a call on it. An order to this effect will be issued shortly, said Ashoka.

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