Maharashtra`s `Force One` yet to get possession of land

The Force One, with over 260 trained commandos, became operational nearly a year after the Mumbai terror attacks.

Mumbai: Maharashtra`s elite terror combat unit formed on the lines of NSG a year ago is yet to get possession of land allotted by the government for setting up a base as the dispute with tribals over the property remains unresolved.

The Force One, with over 260 trained commandos, became operational nearly a year after the Mumbai terror attacks.

The government had then alloted 98.6 acres at Aarey Colony to construct a base and infrastructure facilities for the personnel of the squad.

The state DGP D Sivanandan said it would take a lot of time to construct the headquarters or a base for the unit.

"There are some villagers and tribals (living in Aarey Colony) who are opposing the allotment of the land. There are human rights issue also," he added.

Tribal activist Ankush Bhoir claimed the land was allotted to the tribals under the Bombay Province law in 1862. Bhoir said the tribals have been cultivating paddy, vegetables, coconuts and mangoes in the area for years.

The tribals living at Aarey Milk Colony since 1862 have began opposing the government`s proposal.

The government has been trying to find out an amicable solution for the same and get the land for Force One, police said.

The special unit, equipped with AK 47, is currently training at Mumbai Police building at Kalina. Since its inception, the special unit has undergone regular training sessions. Foreign security experts have also been roped in for training of the unit, they said.

PTI

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