The State Government is taking all steps to enhance security in the city, which has been listed among cities with potential terrorist threat by the Union Government, said Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Minister for Home and Vigilance.
He was speaking after launching Kavatch, the armoured patrol vehicle at BPCL premises here on Friday. The vehicle is being introduced as part of the security measures planned under the proposed Kochi City High-level Security Action Force.
Government initiatives alone would not be enough to ensure security of the city. That is why the Action Force has been formed with participation from various organisations, he said.
As part of the move to step up security, 50 modern boats will be provided for coastal protection.
Along with providing advanced machinery, personnel will also be given specialised training.
The State will soon have 1,000 Indian Reserve (IR) personnel, out of which two companies will be given commando training.
The process is already on for forming a commando force for the State Police, Mr. Balakrishnan said.
E. Nandakumar, Executive Director of BPCL-KRL, symbolically handed over the key of Kavatch to Mr. Balakrishnan.
The vehicle has been brought with financial assistance from BPCL-KRL. M.M. Monayee, MLA, presided.
Presenting the report on the project, B. Sandhya, Inspector General of Police, Ernakulam Range, said that the Action Force will soon be strengthened by bringing in migrant labourers and other segments of the public into its fold.
Regular updates of security will be given even to daily wages labourers working in sensitive areas like oil companies, she said.
P. Chandrasekharan, Additional Director General of Police, South Zone; Manoj Abraham, City Police Commissioner; K.K. Johney, Vadavukode-Puthencruz panchayat president; M.P. Govindarajan, general manager, BPCL (HR) and P.M. Varghese, Assistant Commissioner, Thrikkakara, spoke.
Nine urban patrol motorbikes, to be used in shopping malls and other business areas, were also launched at the function.
Kavatch (meaning protective gear in Hindi) is partially bullet-proof and mine-proof and is fitted with a light machine gun, powerful search light and Global Positioning System.
The vehicle will be positioned at Ambalamedu and Irimpanam areas to monitor activities near BPCL, Kochi Refinery, IOC and HOC.
The vehicle will have round-the-clock service of commandos.
Four or five similar vehicles will soon be positioned in different parts of the city, as part of the next phase of the Kochi City High-level Security Action Force.
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