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Himachal Pradesh: Despite international borders, state without ATS force

Publish Date: 25 Jul 2011, 09:41 AM
Last Updated: 25 Jul 2011, 09:41 AM
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Picturesque HP sans adequate security
Picturesque HP sans adequate security

Shimla: Notwithstanding the fact that Himachal Pradesh (HP) is bordered by China and Tibet in the East and troubled Jammu and Kashmir in the North, the security arrangements of the state have been ignored by the Centre and the State government alike. HP sans an Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) and has a minimal police force, which is barely five percent of the entire state populace.

Making the situation even worse, the police team of HP is not even trained to tackle an emergency situation. More than often, the HP government has to take the help of Indo-Tibetan Border Police to solve issues related to borders.

According to the reports from Shimla police headquarters, the total population in the state is 68,56,509 while the number of policemen is a mere 14,789. In addition, the state has 2,051 gazetted officials, 169 state police services officials and 75 IPS (Indian Police Servicemen) officials.

During the days when Kashmir and Punjab were combating terrorism, Himachal has already suffered the pain afflicted on it. The state also witnessed several upheavals but the concerned authorities did not take a lesson.

To date, no Anti-terrorist Squad (ATS) has been established. Fulfilling the formalities a Rapid Action Force has been constituted which has units at Shimla and Dharamshala. Ironcially, both the units are operated by the Police Intelligence Wing. However, rests of the cities of HP have no such management.

Hence, with the several ongoing power projects it has become necessary for the state government to deploy credible police force to combat any kind of situation in the state. With HP have several important religious sites, the issue of of beefing up security arrangements becomes even more important.


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