Maharashtra govt transfers supervising authority of Force One to Anti-Terrorism Squad, again

The Maharashtra government has reportedly changed the supervising authority of Force One, the crack unit created on the lines of National Security Guard (NSG) meant for counter-terrorism activities after the 26/11 terror attack.

FP Staff August 08, 2016 13:37:13 IST
Maharashtra govt transfers supervising authority of Force One to Anti-Terrorism Squad, again

The Maharashtra government has reportedly changed the supervising authority of Force One – the crack unit created on the lines of National Security Guard (NSG) meant for counter-terrorism activities after the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai.

Maharashtra govt transfers supervising authority of Force One to AntiTerrorism Squad again

Force One during training. CNN-News18

The charge goes back to Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), reported The Indian Express. It has been the supervising body of Force One till 2014. However, the then DGP Sanjeev Dayal decided to hand it over to the then Additional DG of Law and Order.

However, this latest decision has been welcomed by security officials because when the ADGP of Law and Order was in charge of Force One, matters concerning its preparedness and training were with the ATS.

The Indian Express also quoted a senior official from the state home department as saying that after Sanjay Saxena, who was heading Force One, was transferred to the Mumbai crime branch, the state commando force was asked to report to the ATS, headed by additional DG-rank officer Atul Kulkarni.

However, Saxena agreed with Kulkarni’s predecessor that Force One should report to ATS, which is in the interest of the state.

The Force One was drawn from the state police and is equipped with specialised weapons to deal with terror attacks, reported ZeeNews. It also consists of soldiers who were part of 26/11 response team.

261 personnel were selected and trained. The headquarters of Force One is at Aarey Milk Colony at Goregaon in Mumbai.

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