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Taking stock: Gopal B. Hosur, Inspector-General of Police (centre), taking a ride in the patrol speedboat of the Coastal Security Police in Mangalore on Wednesday. —
Taking stock: Gopal B. Hosur, Inspector-General of Police (centre), taking a ride in the patrol speedboat of the Coastal Security Police in Mangalore on Wednesday. —

Staff Correspondent

The two units will have 100 personnel each

MANGALORE: Inspector-General of Police, Western Range, Gopal B. Hosur said here on Wednesday that the police would constitute two units each comprising 100 police personnel to check underworld activities in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.

He was addressing a gathering after launching the first patrol speedboat of the Coastal Security Police (CSP) at New Mangalore Port at Panambur.

Mr. Hosur said police personnel in the units would be specially trained to deal with underworld elements. The selection of such personnel for posting in the units was under way, he added.

“The police in the coastal districts will take on underworld elements head-on. We are not going to be cowed by their threats. We will deal with them firmly and consistently up to the trials in court,” he said. The IGP said coastal security had come into focus after terrorists attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008. The police here had formed “Samudra Rakshak Dals”, which comprised civilians, mostly fishermen, to work in coordination with the police to check terrorist activities. One such dal had been formed in each of the five police stations of the Coastal Security Police at Mangalore, Malpe, Kumta, Bhatkal and Karwar. One dal comprised 50 civilians. They had been provided with infrastructure to pass on information to the police if they came to know of any clues about terrorist activities, he said.

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