Hyderabad: With a view to respond quickly to any law and order contingencies especially in the event of armed attacks, the Telangana Police today launched 'Interceptor Vehicles for Armed Intervention' here.
These vehicles will be stationed at important strategic locations in the city equipped with an armed component of four personnel with bullet proof jackets and will be on duty round-the-clock and will have high-tech communication equipments.
Telangana Home Minister N Narsimha Reddy, speaking after flagging off 17 Interceptor Vehicles in the first phase under Hyderabad Commissionerate jurisdiction said 25 more vehicles will be soon launched under Cyberabad Police limits.
"It is envisaged as yet another people friendly exercise through Community Policing and to achieve the ultimate vision of secure and safe Hyderabad city. The idea is to inculcate a sense of confidence, solidarity and security among the cross section of Hyderabad public at large," the minister said.
Referring to 2008 Mumbai terror attack, wherein scores of innocent lives were lost, Reddy said, "Keeping that in mind, armed police with Interceptor Vehicles is launched."
He said state Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will shortly lay foundation for construction of an advanced Central Control Room on 8 acres here which will keep a watch on any incidents in 10 districts of Telangana.
Telangana Director General of Police (DGP) Anurag Sharma said the Interceptor Vehicles with armed personnel will be very useful in taking immediate action in the event of extremist, terror or any armed attack incidents.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy said the main objective of this force is to attend to the needs of people under grave life threatening emergencies and to prevent the occurrence of crime, so that quality of life of the people in the city will improve and ensure safe living conditions and build a crime-free city.
These vehicles will be monitored by the Command and Control Centre of Hyderabad City Police, he added.