Gujarat to fight terror with special intelligence unit

August 6th, 2008 - 7:33 pm ICT by IANS  


Gandhinagar, Aug 6 (IANS) Gujarat, hit by terror strikes last month, Wednesday announced setting up of a special intelligence unit by direct recruitment of cadres for better preparedness. “We will directly recruit about 60 percent of the field staff,” Minister of State for Home Amit Shah told reporters here.

The special intelligence cadre will comprise a deputy superintendent of police, police sub-inspectors and constables.

Shah said direct recruitment is meant to make the special intelligence wing independent enough to focus only on the task of intelligence gathering. “No police duty will be allocated for them,” he added.

Presently, the state intelligence wing under the Crime Investigaiton Department (CID) has many police field officers on deputation who then go back to their parent police force after serving for some time.

The new unit will address the need to streamline the intelligence gathering mechanism and revive the intelligence wing.

Alleged intelligence failure came under focus when terrorists struck at Ahmedabad in a big way engineering bomb blasts at 16 places which left 55 dead and over 150 injured July 26. A worse tragedy was averted in the following days when 23 bombs were recovered in Surat.

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