‘Talks on to secure atomic energy facilities’

Chavan also alluded to the counter-terror machinery in the state post 26/11.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: November 20, 2013 4:48:50 am

Maharastra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said Tuesday that the state government was discussing ways to secure atomic energy installations. He was speaking on the sidelines of the 3rd annual National Seminar on Counter Terrorism,organised by the Maharashtra Police and the Police Research and Development (BPR&D) on the fourth raising day of Force One.

Dr R K Sinha,Chairperson of the Atomic Energy Commission,was the keynote speaker at the seminar,which was attended by Chavan,Home Minister R R Patil,Minister of State for Home Affairs Satej Patil and Maharashtra Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal.

“The session was also attended by scientists from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. We spoke about securing atomic energy facilities in the eventuality of a terror attack,” said Chavan.

He added that the threat posed by radiological weapons was also being assessed. “The Director General of the National Security Guard (NSG) and other experts are also in attendance. We will keep updating our technology. Our standard operating procedures are in place and we are in constant co-ordination with the central government over upgrading security. We are prepared to tackle chemical,biological,radioactive and nuclear disasters,” he said.

The day-long seminar was attended by special police forces and counter-insurgency forces from across the country and aims at forming a consensus among stakeholders to counter terror. It covered the areas of National Counter Terrorism infrastructure,Federal Counter Terrorism contingency task force and the interface with first responders in counter-terror. The experts also discussed strategies to be adopted in small team operations and success stories and lessons learnt so far.

In his opening address,Chavan also emphasised on the need to be a step ahead of terrorists through training “in order to combat the surprise element in asymmetrical warfare of terrorism”. He added,“There is a need for upgradation of technology. There is need for a political consensus to determine techniques of speedy justice.”

Chavan also alluded to the counter-terror machinery in the state post 26/11. “In 2008,we were caught unaware. We have come a long way from that. We are better prepared today to deal with newer forms of terror,” he said.

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