Senior cops for beefing up police force in Seemandhra

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Senior Cops for Beefing up Police Force in Seemandhra, State Police Department. The Heads of different wings of the State Police Department on Wednesday submitted reports with regard to the strength of the forces.

  • Submit reports to Task Force headed by Vijay Kumar
  • DGP Prasada Rao pitches for more recruitments post-bifurcation
  • Setting up of Greyhounds and Octopus wings in Kurnool, Prakasam sought

The Heads of different wings of the State Police Department on Wednesday submitted reports with regard to the strength of the forces, logistics and the need to further strengthen the Police Department after the State’s bifurcation to the Special Task Force (STF) headed by Senior Security Advisor to the Union Home Ministry K Vijay Kumar.

Director General of Police (DGP) B Prasada Rao, who could not attend the meeting on Tuesday, submitted a detailed report about the Special Protection Force (SPF) and its operations in Telangana and Seemandhra region, functioning of the Octopus (Organisation for Counter-Terrorist Operations), state of the art facilities provided in the State police training institute- APPA (AP Police Academy), the performance and network of the CID (Criminal Investigation Department) and the functioning of Greyhounds Department created exclusively to tackle extremism in Naxal-dominated districts and the training facilities provided in the organisations.

Sources said that the DGP also explained to the STF team about the division of assets and manpower between Telangana and residual Andhra Pradesh after the bifurcation and the need of the recruitment of more people to strengthen the police wings.

SIB (Special Investigation Branch) Chief VC Sajjanar submitted a detailed report on the threat of Naxal and terrorist attacks in both Telangana and Seemandhra regions. The senior IPS official also gave a presentation on terrorist attacks in the State, particularly in north Telangana and north coastal Andhra during the last 10 years.

City Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma informed the task force about the strength of police force in Hyderabad. It is learnt that he explained the difficulties being faced by city police wing in tackling law and order during ongoing separatist movements in the State due to lack of sufficient forces and logistical support.

Earlier, former DGP Pervaram Ramulu and former CBI Director K Vijaya Rama Rao also met the task force. Ramulu requested them to create three additional battalions to look after the security of the Governor and the ministers of the residuary State, set up Greyhound’s wing in Kurnool and establish a separate Octopus wing in Nandyal and Adoni in Kurnool district as well as in Ongole in Prakasam district. He assured the STF members that assets owned by Seemandhra people living in Hyderabad would be provided safety.

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