The Quick Response Teams of Hyderabad police will be trained on the lines of National Security Guards to tackle terror strikes.

Having decided to evolve an effective plan to counter terror strikes, the city police top brass felt the QRT men too should be trained in urban intervention techniques and rescuing operations though a centre of National Security Guards is already located in the city. To begin with, a small contingent of 30 policemen would be trained with modern weaponry and latest techniques.

With the recent twin explosions at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru city, believed to have been triggered Indian Mujahideen terrorist outfit, the city police wanted to speed up the proposal and start the training session at the earliest. Age, physical fitness and mental toughness will be the crucial parameters for selection of cadets for this new anti-terror operations unit.

“In addition to this, we would improve our mobility, acquire gadgets and improve infrastructure making use of funds released by the Centre under Mega City Policing project by the Centre,” the Hyderabad Police Commissioner, A.K. Khan, told The Hindu. Since the surveillance cameras turned out to be helpful in identifying the accused in recent communal riots, 75 new cameras were being bought in addition to the already existing 300 cameras.

Most of the new cameras would be installed in South and West zones that witnessed violence during communal clashes. Troop carriers -each carrying at least 30 personnel- would be bought. Need for the vehicles was felt when huge contingents of police and para-military forces were rushed to city to tackle communal violence.

There were forces all round but transporting them to the required place became difficult in the absence of vehicles. Twenty one critical police stations were identified for allocation of these troop carriers. A modern kennel would be started by the city police having already procured eight sniffer dogs recently.

Four water canons and scores of red light violation detecting instruments to be installed with traffic signal light posts were among the other things the police have decided to purchase. The red light violation detecting instrument will have a chip. It will click pictures of vehicles jumping signals.

After the stipulated time, the chip is removed and connected to a computer to generate pictures of the erring vehicles. Based on this photographic evidence, the vehicle owner would be imposed fine.

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