Saturday, June 13, 2009

Strengthening Police Forces

The next time an emergency strikes Kolkata, you could be spared the sight of sloppy, overweight lathi-wielding cops struggling with their outdated .303 rifles. By mid-June next year, Kolkata will have its own commando force — trained in counter-terrorism, armed with the latest weapons and aided by state-of-the-art surveillance instruments that are yet to be used anywhere in the country. What’s more, these commandos will move around in armoured vehicles — again a first for a city police force. Kolkata police is getting a whopping Rs 100 crore — along with Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Chennai — as central grant for the security upgrade.