Chennai's Operation Hamla: Over 200 targets on terror radar

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Chennai, Sep 23: The Chennai police will consult with owners of various buildings and installations to set up a command post and control centre in the wake of a report suggesting that at least 250 locations are high on the terror radar.

The list has been prepared by the Tamil Nadu Commando Force in coordination with the National Security Guard as part of a programme known as Operation Hamla.

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Operation Hamla which is undertake twice a year assesses the security risk in Chennai city and other parts of Tamil Nadu.

It has been found in the latest assessment that at least 250 buildings and installations which including shopping malls are vulnerable to terror strikes.

Command centres to be set up

The Chennai police will hold discussions with the owners of these installations and set up command centres and also a control room in these venues.

An officer in the Chennai police informed OneIndia that this is a regular exercise that is carried out to assess the security risk.

Since many of these installations are high on the radar of terror groups, the intention is to set up a quick response mechanism and hence the proposal of setting up command centres and control rooms will be discussed with the owners.

How the list was prepared?

Operation Hamla which was introduced in the year 2009 assesses the security risk in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu.

This year it was found that there were 250 installations under the radar of terrorist groups. The list was prepared on the basis of regular inputs that were shared by the state and central intelligence bureau.

It was found that some government buildings were also under the radar of terrorist groups. Further the most vulnerable target were the shopping malls in the city.

The police have with them the blue print of all these locations and steps would be undertaken to step up security and also advise the owners of setting up an escape route in case of an attack.

The Chennai police say that Operation Hamla was conducted twice this year. There is a need to assess the security risk from time to time. The most important aspect of this operation is identification and then the preparedness.

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