Pune city police have decided to revive anti-terror initiative Mission Mrityunjay,an awareness programme for citizens,particularly college students,that trains them to keep an eye on any suspicious persons or unattended objects and inform cops.
The brainchild of former Pune Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh who now heads the Mumbai police,Mission Mrityunjay was launched in August 2008 to make people more alert against terror threats.
It was discontinued after Singhs transfer from Pune.
After he became the Mumbai Police Commissioner,Singh launched Mission Mrityunjay in Mumbai in December 2012,appealing students and youth to be alert police about unclaimed objects or suspicious persons.
Police have now decided to revive Mission Mrityunjay in Pune city. Instructions in this regard have been passed by Pune Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol.
Pune police have decided to develop contacts with all senior and junior colleges to strengthen the fight against terrorism. Police would appeal college principals to arrange at least one programme a month for spreading awareness against terrorism.
Colleges would be asked to call policemen,retired cops,army personnel,journalists and activists who can give lectures and presentations to counter terrorism.
Police said physical training (PT) teachers at the college would be appointed as nodal officers to execute Mission Mrityunjay. Earlier,the city police had reached out to 122 senior colleges and 86 junior colleges through Mission Mrityunjay.