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Updated: April 27, 2010 12:36 IST

Police should be trained to handle radioactivity, says Kakodkar

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Former Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission Dr Anil Kakodkar addressing the media in Mumbai. File photo: PTI.
Former Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission Dr Anil Kakodkar addressing the media in Mumbai. File photo: PTI.

With an increase in chances of attacks through Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, Nuclear warfare (CBRN), the police should be trained to take necessary actions in case radioactivity is detected, Anil Kakodkar, former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) said.

“After any kind of explosion, police teams going to the spot should be armed with radiation monitors. If radioactivity is detected then the place has to be cordoned off and the authorities of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) should be called,” Mr. Kakodkar said at an anti—terrorism seminar held here.

The former chairman further said since nuclear and radiation technologies are improving in India, there is a need to secure malevolent use of these materials and technologies by terror outfits.

Mr. Kakodkar also said the police should not create a panic situation.

“Several times we have seen police holding press conferences to announce the seizure of huge quantities of uranium. But such uranium is not at all harmful,” he said.

Mr. Kakodkar stressed for an interface between society and security agencies to combat terrorism and ensure nuclear and radiological security.

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