Andaman to modernise marine police to curb poachers

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Port Blair, Jul 18 (UNI) The Andaman and Nicobar Police have taken an initiative to modernise marine police to curb the infiltration of foreign poachers preying upon valuable marine resources in the Andaman Group of Islands.

The Andaman and Nicobar police more often than not had to face challenges to arrest foreign poachers, frequently sneaking inside Indian territory for poaching of shark fins, sea cucumbers and other valuable marine and forest produces.

The marine police division, formed some years back in Andaman, was still facing hiccups in marine policing due to geographical remoteness of this scattered island chain. This had led to identification of equipment, which would help upgrade the marine police for taking up the massive task.

''We have ordered night imaging device, which can produce thermal based images of poachers hidden inside deep forests or creek. Once acquired these devices will be of immense help to our jawans during combing operations of deep forest,'' Mr Ranjit Narayan, the Director General of Police in Andaman, told UNI today.

The Marine police division had already recieved ten speedboats for coastal patrolling and the Union Government had cleared the proposal for purchasing ten more specialised boats for operating in high sea, Mr Narayanan said.

''We have demanded ten specialised boats as our Andaman station is at the high sea and for going from one island to another we have to cross deep sea, which is not possible with small boats given to other coastal police stations,'' he added.

The DGP said once these equipment and boats were acquired, policing across the coastal belt of these far-flung islands would be easier as at any point of time troupe could be sent to even remote islands.

''After last year's firing incident during an anti-poaching operation we are now sending all the patrolling teams well equipped with weapons and wireless sets,'' he stated.

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