Tripura to use satellites to track terrorists

Sunday, November 14, 2010

AGARTALA - Tripura will soon use satellites to track terrorists in the state, director general of police K. Saleem Ali said here Sunday, saying that the state’s three-decade old militancy will be “flushed out within the next few months”.

Tripura would be the third state in India, after Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand, to introduce the geo satellite imagery systems (GSIS) for curbing militancy.

The satellite image would be as clearer as if taken from 10 feet above the ground. All district police chiefs would operate this new system to locate the activities of the separatist outfits, Ali told reporters.

He said that all the police stations of the state were being connected electronically for better coordination.

In the first phase, 22 of the 66 police stations would be linked, the police chief said.

According to him, the state’s three-decade old terrorism is now in a “residual phase”.

We would flush out the entire militancy within the next few months and we have taken some action plan in this regard, he stated.

We would soon introduce a new method to register FIRs through SMS,” he said.

The SMS system would commenced from January next year with the help of National Informatic Center, he said.

Ali, who worked with the Central Bureau of Investigation (cbi) for more than 15 years, took over as Tripura’s police chief last month. He said he had prioritised an eight-point action plan to make his force more “professional, physically fit and passionate”.

Police would go to people to know their problems, not the other way round, the 1978 batch IPS officer said.

A police academy too would be set up next year to train the personnel, he said.

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