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AMID INCREASING DRONE DROPPINGS, CABINET ALSO APPROVES AUGMENTING OF POLICE DEPT’S COUNTER-TERRORISM


Chandigarh, (Gurpreet) : Amid increasing cases of smuggling of weapons and drugs via drone droppings in the border state, the Punjab Government has decided to enhance the counter terrorism capacity of its police force and establish a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to augment its technological capacity to counter cross-border terrorism.

Part of the sweeping restructuring changes approved for the Punjab Police department by the state cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who also holds the Home portfolio, the SPV will be set up on the lines of ETTSA established by the Punjab Excise Department. The Chief Minister, who shall be the Chairman of the SPV as Minister In-charge, has been authorized to take further necessary steps to establish the SPV at the earliest possible.

Given the growing criticality of technology in policing as well as crime control and detection, It has been decided to give the SPV the flexibility to hire experts and consultants in various frontline areas of police technology, as per the evolving needs of the police.

According to DGP Dinkar Gupta, the SPV will work on establishing a Unified Communication Network of senior police/civil officers, besides undertaking the development and deployment of an Online Intelligence Sharing Platform in the state. It will also work on setting up a StateGrid as a network of databases about Arms, Arms License holders, Arms Dealers, Vehicles, Suspects, Passports etc.