Home Minister bewares of dirty bombs

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Jaipur, Jan 29 (UNI) Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has bewared police forces about possible threat from ''nuclear, biological and chemical terrorism'' and asked state governments to ensure adequate funding for police reforms to modernise forces to combat newer forms of crimes.

Speaking at the inaugural session at the 38th All India Police Science Congress here today, Mr Patil said nature of crimes and criminals' modus operandii was changing fast with developing technology and some day the terrorists could resort to use of dirty bombs made from nuclear and radiological material available in hospitals for treatment of patients.

Rajasthan Governor Shilendra Kumar Singh, Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria and several dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Mr Patil said in view of fast changing technology and new era of cyber world and information technology the crime scenario by 2020 would be all different and the police and security agencies are required to be prepared to face that and counter the criminals' designs effectively.

For this modernisation of police forces and operations was needed and this is to be achieved through police reforms which was a comprehensive and continuing process involving improvement in police training, amendments and reforms in laws, rules and procedures, changing the mindset of police personnel, equipping them with better arms ammunition facilities.

He said police reforms had already taken up at the Centre's level and in the states but much more was yet to be done as this was a comprehensive and continuous process.

Mr Patil said this would need huge funds and efforts. The Centre had been allocating adequate funds for the purpose and it had also asked all states to ensure allocation of adequate funds in their budgets for police modernisation.

He said the Centre had also been contemplating increasing strength of the central para military forces and also advised the states to raise strength of police forces.

Due attention should also be given to ensure more recruitment of women in police which presently were only 2.5 per cent of the total strength.

Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said Rajasthan has already enacted a modern Police Act as per the directives of the Supreme Court.

Mr Kataria assured that the state government will make all efforts to attain targets of police reforms.

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