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Guj govt plans quick response teams to combat terror

Last Updated: Friday, September 18, 2009 - 18:03

Ahmedabad: In a new strategy to combat
terrorism, the Narendra Modi government is planning to deploy
111 Quick Response Teams (QRTs) comprising trained commandos
armed to the teeth across Gujarat and they will even move in
armoured carriers.

The QRTs with state-of-the-art weapons, sub-machine guns
and hi-tech equipment would be stationed near sensitive areas
and will be available on call 24x7.
"We are planning to set up nearly 111 QRTs which will be
deployed at all districts of the state and will be working in
three shifts," Additional Director General of Police (ADGP),
Law and Order, Sudhir Sinha told agency.

"Each team will consist of six highly trained commandos
who will be equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and modern
equipments," he said

According to police officials, each fighter operator
will have a semi-automatic pistol as a personal side arm. The
team will have firepower in the form of three submachine guns
and two assault rifles.

Tactical features like red dot self-powered optical
sighting systems, three-point tactical slings, full coverage
body armour tactical vests, helmets will also be provided in
addition to gas masks, fire retardant gear, gloves, eyewear
and tactical boots. Armoured vehicles will be also provided,
he said.
"Each QRT unit will be headed by the police inspector of
the special operations group (SOG) already existing in
districts. They will also have support of state Anti-Terrorist
Squad (ATS)," Sinha said.

Of the 111 QRTs, 12 will be in Ahmedabad; six each in
Vadodara and in Surat, three each in Western Railway and three
in State Control Room (Gandhinagar) and the remaining 78 in
the districts.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, September 18, 2009 - 18:03
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