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Updated: November 9, 2009 17:31 IST

Strengthening security top priority, says R.R. Patil

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Maharashtra Home Minister, R R Patil. File photo: Vivek Bendre
The Hindu Maharashtra Home Minister, R R Patil. File photo: Vivek Bendre

The senior NCP leader had resigned after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, saying "his conscience did not permit him to continue in the post".

Strengthening security to avert 26/11 type terror attacks would be the top priority of Maharashtra Government, Home Minister R R Patil said here on Monday.

“Beefing up the security apparatus and improving coordination among concerned agencies would top my agenda,” Mr. Patil, who has made a comeback to the Home department a year after the attacks, said.

The senior NCP leader had resigned after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, saying “his conscience did not permit him to continue in the post”. He was later made party’s state unit chief.

“Coastal security is already being strengthened. We will improve coordination with Navy and Coast Guard,” Mr. Patil said..

The terrorists involved in 26/11 attacks had come via the sea route.

The first batch of Force One commandos, the elite force formed on the lines of National Security Guards (NSG), is ready, the minister said.

“The first batch has been trained and will be operational soon,” he added.

The Government would also speed up modernisation of police force and strengthen intelligence machinery, Mr. Patil said.

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