Guj govt plans quick response teams to combat terror

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