‘I want to prepare Maha police to meet challenges like 26/11’

SS Virk said that he did not plan to seek an extension of his term and would focus on preparing the state police to tackle terrorism.

Written by Agencies | Mumbai | Published: March 14, 2009 4:28 pm

S S Virk,Maharashtra’s new Director General of Police said on Saturday that he did not plan to seek an extension of his term and would focus on preparing the state police to tackle terrorism.

“I have no plan to approach the Supreme Court for an extension,” said Virk,who is due for retirement in July,after taking charge at the Maharashtra Police Headquarters in Mumbai.

The 1970-batch IPS officer said despite a seemingly short term at the post he planned to bring in initiatives which would bear fruit later.

Virk,who was appointed DGP after the Bombay High Court upheld the Central Administrative Tribunal’s decision to remove A N Roy from the post,could seek a two-year extension of term.

“My effort would be to prepare the Maharashtra police to meet challenges like the terror attacks on November 26 and to face and control such incidents in the future,” Virk said,adding that police would need to be mentally and physically prepared for such eventualities.

The DGP said he would also be travelling through the state to understand the situation in other big cities in the state and to inculcate a sense of security among people apart from tackling problems faced by the police.

“There are certain problems faced by the police which prevents them from rising to expectations of people and it is required to identify and then tackle them,” he said.

It would be important to ensure that the morale of the police personnel remained high and sound administrative principles would be followed to do so,Virk said.

Despite having spent most of his career in Punjab during which he had combated the anti-insurgency movement,Virk said he had always felt more at home in Maharashtra.

In Punjab,there was always too much bloodshed and fighting with no peace,Virk said.

The former Punjab DGP had returned to his parent cadre after he was arrested on charges of corruption by the Vigilance Bureau there in 2007 and later released on bail. Being denied the responsibility of poll-related duties had not affected him,he said.

“According to me,November 26 attacks and terror are more important since it is the whole society whose existence is at stake due to such incidents,” Virk said,adding his focus on anti-terror operations would be undisturbed.

Virk had been transferred from the post of Punjab Police DGP by the Election Commission prior to Assembly elections in 2007 due to concerns over his neutrality.

When asked about questions raised about his credibility by the Punjab government for his alleged involvement in amassing disproportionate assets,Virk said he was not afraid of fighting for his principles and justice.

“I am today a single man fighting against a mighty system. I have been targeted by a corrupt system and I have been hitting back with your support,” he said.

“I don’t know how many of you have the guts to stand for justice. If you have,come with me I will show you where injustice lies and let me see what path you take. Everyone who speaks does not have the guts to fight,” Virk said.

He refused to comment on the difficulties in providing security for Indian Premier League matches to be held in the state during the election period but said all necessary precautions would be taken.

Virk,who has taken over as DGP following a legal battle against the incumbent A N Roy,said he would employ a combination of various strategies to give the best to the people. “Any government that has decided to make me DGP and try me will not regret it,” he said.

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