Bengaluru City Police now has a new Anti-Terrorist Cell (ATC).
On Tuesday, the City Crime Branch (CCB) added three new wings — Anti Narcotics Wing, Women Protection wing, and the Anti Terrorist Cell. The decision of setting up a separate cell to deal with terror cases was taken in a recent review meeting with Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
According to the police sources, the development of setting up an ATC comes after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) announced the presence of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in several states, including Karnataka.
On October 14, the NIA announced that Karnataka was among the states that were on the banned terror outfit JMB’s radar to spread its terror network in. The terror group had reportedly set up hideouts in Bengaluru and had even carried out training sessions in Krishnagiri hills along Karnataka’s border with Tamil Nadu.
Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Sandeep Patil, the Joint Commissioner of Police (crime), said, “We have made the requisite changes to CCB structure, adding three new wings — the Anti Narcotics Wing, the Women Protection wing, and the Anti Terrorist Cell.”
According to Patil, the Anti Terrorist cell will be headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) rank officer.
When asked about the jurisdiction of this anti-terrorist cell, Patil said, “The ATC is formed for Bengaluru city and they have been given specific tasks, which cannot be made public.”
Earlier, Bommai had said that about 36% of the total crime incidents in Karnataka are being reported from Bengaluru city. The ATC would work in tandem with the NIA and added that all precautionary measures would be taken.