Maharashtra`s Force One still homeless
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Last Updated: Friday, November 25, 2011, 15:28
Mumbai: Maharashtra's elite combat squad Force One, raised on the lines of the National Security Guards two years ago, is still without a permanent base and ill-equipped but the government says the commando unit is all set to get an integrated hub by 2013.

Force One was created as state's elite anti-terror force amid much fanfare a year after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

The government had then announced that the specialised counter-terror unit would have its hub on a 99-acre plot at suburban Goregaon. However, the land on which it is to come up is still locked in a dispute with the local tribals.

The 350-member commando force is at present functioning from Kole Kalyan village in Kalina where it is also undergoing training.

"Though the dispute with the tribals is yet to be settled, some portion of the land for the proposed hub is available for the commando unit. The integrated hub for the unit will be ready by 2013," Additional chief secretary (Home) Umesh Sarangi told PTI.

The construction work of the hub has already begun, said Force One chief Sadanand Date.

"The commandos will have residential quarters, a training centre, an administrative building and grounds with advanced firing ranges," he added.

The squad is also facing a serious equipment crunch with only ten per cent of the commandos having bullet-proof vests and helmets, according to sources in the force, who said other essential tools for counter-terror combat such as blast-proof eye-wear, goggles with rear view, stun grenades and digital radios are yet to arrive.

The creation of state's own specialised counter-terror force was mooted following a nine-hour delay in arrival of NSG commandos during the 26/11 attacks.


First Published: Friday, November 25, 2011, 15:28

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