K'taka wants Commando Training Centre

Addressing the Chief Ministers' Conference on Internal Security, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said his government was contemplating establishing a Commando Training Centre to cater to the training needs of coastal security police, anti-naxal force, anti-terrorist cell and Quick Reaction Teams.

He said the Centre must consider bearing or at least sharing the burden of expenditure on police personnel for coastal security and anti-terrorist cells and the Modernisation of Police Force (MPF) scheme needs should continue at least for five more years.

Thanking the Centre for agreeing to deploy Rapid Action Force (RAF) whenever they are sought, the Chief Minister said it would be of great help if one Company of RAF was stationed in Bangalore itself.

He said his government had already requested for three Indian Reserve Battalions to the state, one ITBP battalion at Belgaum, 18 coastal check-posts and 33 outposts on the Karnataka coast, two helicopters and increase in the IPS cadre strength by 30 officers.

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