Tripura gets eye-in-the-sky to track terroristsJanuary 3rd, 2011 - 9:20 pm ICT by IANS
Agartala, Jan 3 (IANS) Tripura Monday launched a satellite-based imagery system to track terrorists and curb crime in the northeastern state.Tripura is the second state in India after Jharkhand to introduce the Geo-Sspatial 3D Satellite Imagery System to curb terrorism and crime.
The system was developed by the Mission for Geo-Spatial Applications (MGSA) under the department of science and technology of the central government.
“Using this satellite-based imagery system, police and various security forces would be able to locate the movement, base and strength of separatist outfits or criminal gangs hiding in a jungle,” said Rajendra Jena, a senior MGSA official, at the inaugural function of the police week programme here.
Another senior official of MGSA, B.K. Manthan, said the system was also being used by central paramilitary forces, including the Central Reserve Police Force.
“This system could be applied for developmental purposes too,” they added.
Director General of Police K. Saleem Ali said: “The satellite image would be as clear as if taken from 10 feet above the ground. All district police chiefs would operate this new system to track separatist outfits.”
Police also introduced an SMS-based information sharing method with the help of the National Informatics Centre.
“Anyone can now send any information to police through SMS,” Ali said.
Inaugurating the programme, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said: “A policeman should be a friend of the people and a terror for the criminal.”
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