Government to establish a Special Warfare and Tactical Group
The State government has decided to establish a Special Warfare and Tactical Group and station them in all the police commissionerates at important cities, including Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum, Mangalore, Gulbarga, Davangere and other cities, to effectively deal with criminals and anti-social elements in close-combat situations.
Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) M.N. Reddy told presspersons in Gulbarga on Friday that the government has passed an order for the constitution of the Special Warefare and Tactical Group. Bright police officers and men from the police force would be selected to be part of this group.
Mr. Reddy said constitution of such a well-trained and fully equipped group that will be provided bullet-proof jackets, helmets and modern weapons, would go a long way in handling situations such as the shootout in Gulbarga on Wednesday in which two police officials were seriously injured and a criminal shot dead in a close combat situation.
He said the group would undergo an eight-week training at the Centre for Counter Terrorism, headed by Major General Muthanna in Bangalore. Training would involve handling weapons and dealing with close-combat situations. This group would be divided into smaller teams of 10 or 15 and stationed in all the police commissionerates and important cities.
Mr. Reddy said the government wants to send a clear signal across the State that rowdies would not be tolerated and the police have decided to go all out to wipe out the menace once and for all. The police have included 10,000 more persons as rowdy sheeters in addition to the existing 10,000.
The shooting down of contract killer Munna Darbadar is a signal to all anti social elements that the government and the police will not tolerate activities that disturb normal life.
Awards and rewards
Mr. Reddy indicated that sub-inspector Mallikarjun Bande and assistant sub-inspector Udandappa would be recommended for the President’s medal, and other officers would also be rewarded for their brave efforts in risking their lives to capture Munna alive.
To a question on the shootout at Kodagu in which the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party district unit, Shuja Kushalappa, was injured, he said the police have constituted special teams to nab the culprits. Asked whether this was indicative of the worsening law and order situation in the State, Mr. Reddy quipped: “We cannot generalise an isolated incident and say that the law and order situation has worsened in the State.”