Strengthening security top priority: Patil

Last Updated: Monday, November 9, 2009 - 11:10

Mumbai: Strengthening security to avert
26/11 type terror attacks would be the top priority of
Maharashtra government, Home Minister R R Patil said here
on Monday.

"Beefing up the security apparatus and improving
coordination among concerned agencies would top my agenda,"
Patil, who has made a comeback to the Home department a year
after the attacks, said.

The senior NCP leader had resigned after the 26/11
Mumbai terror attacks, saying "his conscience did not permit
him to continue in the post". He was later made party`s state
unit chief.

"Coastal security is already being strengthened. We
will improve coordination with Navy and Coast Guard," Patil
said.

The terrorists involved in 26/11 attacks had come via
the sea route.

The first batch of Force One commandos, the elite
force formed on the lines of National Security Guards (NSG),
is ready, the minister said.

"The first batch has been trained and will be
operational soon," he added.

The government would also speed up modernisation of
police force and strengthen intelligence machinery, Patil
said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, November 9, 2009 - 11:10

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