Checkposts to be set up at 18 fish-landing centres

PROTOCOL: V.S. Acharya, Home minister, A.M. Prasad taking salute at the passing-out parade of police trainees in Mangalore on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: R. Eswarraj

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Recommendations on security arrangements sent to Prime Minister: Acharya

MANGALORE: Home Minister V.S. Acharya said on Saturday that the State Government plans to set up police check posts at the 18 fish-landing centres along the 320-km Karnataka coast.

He told presspersons here that this was one of the seven recommendations forwarded to the Prime Minister after detailed deliberations on strengthening security arrangements in the State in the aftermath of Mumbai attacks.

Earlier, Mr. Acharya received salute from 11th batch of police trainees, who presented an attractive passing-out parade at the police parade Grounds here. They had undergone training at the Dakshina Kannada Police Training School.

The Minister said he might be able to elaborate further after attending the meeting, convened by the Prime Minister, on internal security on January 6 and 7 at New Delhi. On the first day, Chief Ministers and Home Ministers of all States would participate and the next day only the Home Ministers would take part, he said. Dr. Acharya said the other proposals, approved by the State’s cabinet included, starting of a separate Internal Security Department, setting up an anti-terrorism squad and anti-leftwing terrorism (naxalism) squad, and strengthening of coastal security.

The squads would protect the State’s electricity grids, irrigation facilities and IT and BT offices. Te training for the teams meant to serve in special squads would be discussed by the Government soon. Personnel in the squad would be paid incentives, he said.