Tripura forms crack security teams to tackle terror threats

August 14th, 2008 - 7:37 pm ICT by IANS  


Agartala, Aug 14 (IANS) With reports that militants in northeastern India are moving across the border from Bangladesh, the Tripura Police have formed well-trained Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) to tackle terrorist threats. “The QRT troopers have been trained by top commandos of the National Security Guards (NSG) at their training centre at Gurgaon in Haryana,” police spokesman Nepal Das said Thursday.

Das told IANS: “The QRTs have been formed with selected police personnel who have been equipped with sophisticated bomb detection and disposal tools and sniffer dogs. They would carry out security checks across the state during any kind of exigencies.”

The QRTs held a demonstration before top police officials here Thursday.

According to a senior state home department official, the union home ministry has asked all northeastern states to enhance their internal security arrangements with well trained personnel and modern equipment.

“We have asked the Border Security Force (BSF) to tighten vigil along the Indo-Bangla border while intelligence networks of both the state and central security forces have been further strengthened,” the official declining to be named told IANS.

“The centre has despatched additional para-military troopers for the northeastern states to step up security measures ahead of the Independence Day celebrations Friday and Tripura has got an extra six companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF),” Das added.

Meanwhile, the security forces accompanied by bomb disposal squads and dog squads are conducting search operations since last week at the airport, hotels, bus terminals, major markets and national highways besides crowded areas in Tripura.

“Eight Bangladeshi nationals were apprehended from two locations in South and West Tripura districts Wednesday,” Das said.

The police suspect that the eight intruders could be involved in subversive activities as they initially gave fake identities and wrong information about their whereabouts.

“Interrogation of the foreign nationals is on and we expect information from them,” Das, a deputy inspector general of police, added.

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