Goa to go ahead with ATS

PTI, PANAJI | 02 April 2012 21:34 IST

After several flip-flops, Goa has decided to go ahead with its proposed Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), a specialised unit conceived to combat any possible terrorist attack in the coastal state.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, emerging from the first ever high level meeting of the police department in Panaji, said the ATS is very much on cards as it is the requirement of modern day policing.

"This is a specialised cell which is required for the state. We should have cells like ATS and Coastal Security Police, which are specially made to deter terrorists," Parrikar told reporters on Sunday evening.

The process to form ATS was suspended by former Home Minister Ravi Naik, when it was half way through. Then the government had claimed that existing police will be trained to counter terrorist activities.

Goa has been regularly receiving intelligence inputs about being probable target of terrorists considering the thick presence of international travellers in Panaji.

Parrikar has directed the police department to avoid any rough treatment to people approaching them with complaints. "I have instructed them not to be rough with the people and also not to skip filing first information report (FIR).

"I don't mind even if my detection rate is reflected as less due to large number of FIRs filed. I want that each complaint should be investigated with seriousness," he said.

The Home Minister has also ordered the department to crackdown on drug trade from the state's coastline. The Anti-Narcotic Cell (ANC), a specialised unit which is already in service, has been asked to gather intelligence on narcotic trade in Goa.

Parrikar admitted that there were some infrastructure issues faced by the department, which would be settled soon. "They (police) also had some problems. It is like they have a gun but no bullets," he commented.

Goa police in past has received bad name for their involvement in drug trade and even sex scams.

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The role of ATS :

1> To get information about anti-national elements working in any part of the state.

2> To co-ordinate with Central information agencies, like IB, RAW and exchange information with them

3> To co-ordinate with similar agencies of other States

4> To track and eliminate activities of mafia and other organized crime syndicates

5> To detect rackets of counterfeit currency notes and smuggling narcotic substances.

If you look at the role of ATS in any state of India, Congress was not interested in GOA to form ATS as they may be having deep connections with Mafia's.

Mr. Parrikar has taken the right step to protect our GOA from those evils ......

Our best wishes to Manohar baab .....

- Mahesh Thali, Thane | 03 rd April 2012 18:31


Well having ATS is really very nice to goa, but on first note i will say that CM has to improve day today policing wether it is police station, traffic dep, reserve force any other cells.

1. provide proper and limited duty for the day, may be 10 to 12 hrs schedule.

2 Good n hyginic police station including barracks, restrooms,gym with daily PT exercise to be fit

3. Provide advanced arms n ammunition, n self defence equipment n vehicles

4.Install CCTV at all the major juntions n traffic signals with advanced survilliance control room

5. Have one chopper for goa police with very good camera and connected to the CCTV control room so that it can keep track on any situation with the information provided by the control room.

6. Keep track on the outsider's or non goans, migrants coming to goa, it can be at railway stn n Airport.

7 There are many points as well, need to change some laws too.


- vijay sonulekar, mormugao | 03 rd April 2012 15:36


Parrikar, Hope the ATS does not turn out to be like the ANS. I think more than the ATS for Goa the need of the hour is a proper, corruption free, biased and honest Police Force for Goa. Is you last statement of not having bullets some justification for the corrupt Police force of Goa, involve in the Drug Trade? I suggest that your govt pass a bill to ensure that any police officer caught in illegalities is not only suspended, but dismissed. The ATS can come much later.

Tread slowly don't be in a haste to make people happy.

- Jaret de Silva, overseas/Chandor | 03 rd April 2012 08:19


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