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State Govt gives nod to formation of SPOT
To counter any possible ‘fidayeen’ attack or any other eventuality, a proposal of Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of UP for formation of Special Police Operation Team (SPOT) has been cleared by the government.
The SPOT teams would work on lines of National Security Guard (NSG) and will be the fastest response team in the state in cases of subversive activities. `The Pioneer’ had published in July about the ATS effort to immediately form SPOT to meet the challenges ahead.
As per an ATS communiqué released on Wednesday, the SPOT teams will assist in expediting cases and investigation, besides facilitating cops in cyber monitoring of people involved in terror activities. It will also help in de-radicalising activities. The SPOT unit would improve basic police tactics and also develop units in the districts.
IG ATS, Assem Arun said that the consent for formation of SPOT was cleared by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday. He said that the SPOT would initially have 694 posts, while 316 more posts would be created for the ATS for quick intelligence compilation, internet monitoring and investigation of events. Currently, there are 264 posts in the ATS.
"The vision behind this move was to transform UP Police into a world-class force in dealing with dangerous operations. The new force will be ready to deal with bold attacks (attacks on CRPF camps in Rampur, Ayodhya and Pathankot), abduction or a hostage crisis and a bomb attack situation," Arun said. Specialised commando training would be imparted to the team members for countering ultras, rescuing victims during any such attack and also for foiling subversive activities by responding to intelligence input in the shortest possible time. The nature of the team would be that of a high-risk operation team.
"Every team will have a sniper unit, bomb disposal experts, a dog squad and two communication officers. Drivers will also be trained as fighters and will be imparted paramedical training as well," Arun said.
In future, the force would be developed to tackle hijacking, slithering up and down a helicopter and have capacities for night operations. The SPOT commandoes will use vehicles fitted with latest weaponry and other gadgets to counter any terror attack. The SPOT will be headed by a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and he would work as per directions from Additional DG and IG of ATS.
Sources in the ATS confirmed that for functioning of SPOT they havee also sent a proposal to procure one bus (55 seater), 14 buses (32 seater), two buses (24 seaters), 13 SUVs and 14 trucks etc.
Besides, half a dozen bomb detection and disposal teams along with sniffer teams have been asked from the state government to facilitate action. Half a dozen bullet proof vehicles would also be included in the fleet.
To make SPOT operational, the ATS would need the services of 600 trained police personnel or commandoes. Every team will have at least 70 personnel with specialised special commando training on countering ultras, rescuing victims and foiling subversive activities.
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