Bhubaneswar: Odisha Swift Action Force (OSAF), a special wing of State police, was launched on Friday. Three companies have been formed in the first phase, ready to be deployed at Ratha Yatra on June 25.
“We often depend on Union government for deployment of Rapid Action Force for maintenance of serious law and order situation. This new OSAF will meet the challenge at the time of need,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.
CM Patnaik said that OSAF would serve the purpose of its formation by intervening in crisis situation in the quickest possible time.
In the initial phase, the OSAF now comprises more than 300 selected police personnel from various sections of the Odisha police. They had been trained in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh under the Rapid Action Force (RAF).
The basic objective of the OSAF would be to control crowd during major festivals and combat crisis situations arising from riots and terror strikes. They were provided with special combat weapons and separate uniform.
Presently, there are two other specialised wings of Odisha police – Special Operation Group (SOG) and Special Tactical Unit (STU) that will also be mobilised during the Rath Yatra.