UP to raise Anti Terrorist Squad; rejig elite STF

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Lucknow, Nov 26 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh government today announced raising of an Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on the lines of Maharashtra, besides modernising the intelligence wing and opening two separate wings of the Special Task Force (STF) to counter growing terrorism in the state.

Now every police zone would have seperate ATS wings headed by an Inspector General of Police (IG) rank officer based in the state capital. The two new STF units -- East zone at Varanasi and west zone at Meerut -- would be headed by a DIG level official.

Announcing this at a press conference here, Chief Minister Mayawati said the step has been taken to effectively counter the growing menace of terrorism in the state.

She said Intelligence wing would be thoroughly revamped and now a seperate cadre would be raised to appoint specialised people in the department. The personnel to be recruited in the Intelligence wing should necessarily have the knowledge of Information Technology.

''The cadre staff of the Intelligence wing would be paid handsome salary for their efficient work, while the present civil police working in the wing would be given 25 per cent additional salary as promotional benefit,'' she announced. She also said the government had already sanctioned Rs 6.75 crore for purchase of hi-tech surveillance gadgets for intelligence gathering and security measures.

The above announcements related to the sprucing up of the security mechanism in Uttar Pradesh came in wake of Friday's serial blasts at the court compounds in three cities of Lucknow, Faizabad and Varanasi that had claimed 13 lives and wounded at least 70 others.

Talking about the ATS, she said the headquarter would be at Lucknow while all the seven police zone would have its units.

Lucknow zone IG Arvind Kumar Jain had been given the additional charge of IG (ATS). Other officials of the ATS would be DIG, SP, ASP and DSP rank officials.

The STF, which was till date working from Lucknow, will now have two seperate units at Varanasi and Meerut, headed by a DIG rank officer along with SP, and Addl SPs.

The Chief Minister said she would seek suggestion from the Allahabad High Court to order trail of the terrorists inside the jail to prevent any untoward incident, while 25,000 trained home guards would be deployed along with other security forces at the High Court and other district court permises.

''We will ask the High Court to go for a video-conferencing system in the jails and the district courts for day to day hearing of the cases related to terrorism'', the Chief Minister said.

The government had already proposed to install door frame metal dectectors (DFMD), hand-held metal detectors (HHMD) and reflector security system in all the 17 divisional level district courts, while the parking system in the courts would be strictly followed.

''All the security measures in the courts would be done with the support of the Bar Council,'' she further maintained.

Appealing to the people, Ms Mayawati said her governemnt was committed to the rule of law and anti-nationals would not be allowed to disturb the law and order of the state.


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