Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday requested the Centre to deploy the Central Industrial Security Force at the historic dargah in Ajmer, where a terror attack in 2007 killed several people, and sanction an additional India Reserve Battalion and a Quick Reaction Team of Border Security Force to the State.

Addressing the conference of Chief Ministers on internal security in New Delhi, Mr. Gehlot said though the State Government had deployed its own force for the security of the Ajmer shrine, entrusting its security to a specialised agency like the CISF needs to be considered in view of a large number of pilgrims visiting it and the bomb blast on the dargah premises in 2007.

“The State Government’s proposal in this regard has been pending with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs,” said Mr. Gehlot.

Mega city policing scheme

According to an official release here, Mr. Gehlot called for extending benefit of the Centre’s mega city policing scheme to Jaipur in view of the fast pace of growth of the capital city, its increasing population, rising number of vehicles, floating population and the likelihood of organised crimes.

The Centre provides financial assistance to the respective State Governments to procure modern equipment and upgrade police infrastructure under the scheme, which is operative at present in the four metro cities and Bangalore, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presided over the conference, which was attended by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Defence Minister A. K. Antony and Chief Ministers of several States.

The release stated that Mr. Gehlot, referring to the May 2008 serial blasts in Jaipur that claimed 70 lives, affirmed that the State authorities and people were committed to ensuring that terrorists do not succeed in their attack again.

“The internal security, law and order situation and inter-caste relations in Rajasthan are satisfactory,” he said.

The Chief Minister pointed out that the 1,040-km-long border of the desert State with Pakistan was very sensitive and required constant vigil for prevention of infiltration and smuggling of narcotic substances and counterfeit currency.

Mr. Gehlot said police reforms in the State had been launched with a fast pace and the target of “zero vacancy” would be achieved within three years through appointments and promotions, besides opening new police stations.

The State Government was also examining a proposal to establish a separate cadre for intelligence services, he added.