Bhubaneswar: The Odisha police felicitated an expedition team, comprising of 42 commandos of National Security Guard (NSG) riding on 15 Royal Enfield motorcycles on an awareness rally to ‘Fight against terror- A collective responsibility’, here on Sunday.
DGP RP Sharma emphasized on the formation of a special force in Odisha Police in line with the National Security Guard (NSG).
The NSG team that embarked on the journey on September 7 from its training camp at Manesar in Haryana to sensitize citizens about latter’s role in checking terrorism so far covered a distance of over 5,500 kms in six states, arrived here and held a meeting with senior officials of the Commissionerate Police.
The NSG team described citizens of the country as ‘eyes and ears’ of security forces and exhorted the public to remain vigilant towards terror suspects.
“We do not think any security force is the first responder to terror strikes. It is the public who are first responders. They are the eyes and ears of any security force. If the citizens remain alert and inform security agencies about suspicious movements of subversive groups, we can easily tackle terrorism,” NSG’s deputy commandant Amit Kumar said. Kumar was here on Sunday, leading a group of 42 NSG commandos on a bike expedition across the country.
State’s senior police officers, including director general of police R P Sharma, additional DG (headquarters) Satyajit Mohanty and police commissioner Y B Khurania felicitated the commandos here upon their arrival in the capital city.
“We keep sending our personnel to NSG camps for training on counter-terrorism. We also plan to send our bomb disposal squads to the NSG camps for training,” Sharma told media.
Already battered by Naxal menace, Odisha police have been on their toes after terrorism emerged as a new challenge in 2015. In January 2014, two Indian Mujahideen operatives allegedly conducted recede in Puri and Bhubaneswar.
In the fag-end of 2015, the arrest of suspected al-Qaida operative Abdul Rehman from Cuttack pressed the panic button for the state police. The spectre of terrorism continued to surface following the arrest of five suspected SIMI operatives from Rourkela on February 17, 2016.