BSF to train internal security wing

Right wing outfits are nationalist forces, asserts Home Minister


Speaking to reporters, Home Minister V S Acharya said a separate unit called Internal Security Division headed by an additional director general of police has been created within the State police. The division has four wings – anti-terrorism department, anti-left extremism, dedicated intelligence department and coastal security police.

Acharya said each unit should be given specialised training. The BSF had the requisite facilities to impart such training. “Instead of sending our police force for training to the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, they can be trained at the BSF base here”, Acharya pointed out. The Government plans to recruit 986 personnel for these units and the recruitment process of the post of sub-inspectors for the intelligence wing has already begun.

He said the State government had responded immediately to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s contention at the conference of the chief ministers on internal security that Karnataka had witnessed more communal disturbances in recent times. Acharya said the State had made it clear that some stray incidents were blown out of proportion.
He said the State government was maintaining a strict vigil on terror activities though the threat level has come down.

To a query on whether the Government would check the activities of right wing outfits as was being done in the case of left wing organisations, Acharya said: “Right wing outfits are nationalist forces. There is no problem with them.”

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