Ranchi, Dec. 2: Jharkhand police will launch a series of tutorials to sensitise and equip personnel to handle terror-related cases.
Jharkhand police and National Investigation Agency (NIA) today held a maiden daylong workshop on probing anti-terrorism and Naxalite cases at Tribal Research Institute in Morabadi.
“Maoists aren’t the only problem for Jharkhand right now, at recent incidents have shown. We have a similar but a much deeper challenge at hand, which is terrorism and allied activities,” director-general of police (DGP) Rajeev Kumar said.
The probe of the October 27 Patna serial blasts led to places in and around Ranchi such as Sithio, Chakla in Ormanjhi, Hindpiri and Doranda.
This year in March, a 35-year-old Bariatu-based Manzar Imam, who was wanted in many cases, including the Hyderabad blast, was arrested from Ranchi outskirts by city police and NIA teams.
A couple of years ago, another Bariatu resident on the run, Danish Riyaz, was nabbed from Vadodara in connection with Ahmedabad blasts.
In several incidents, Indian Mujahideen agents were reported to be using Hazaribagh, Ramgarh and Jamshedpur as hideouts.
Sources said Jharkhand, where police and paramilitary forces were beset by manpower crunch and inadequate logistics and infrastructure support, terror could find fertile breeding ground unless stringent steps were taken now.
According to reports, the NIA team that has been camping in Jharkhand and investigating links, sounded an alarm about the vulnerability of state police.
DGP Kumar said a proposal to form an anti-terrorism squad (ATS) was awaiting state government clearance.
“In the meanwhile, a special anti-terror cell has been formed and is working closely with the NIA counterparts to aid investigations in Jharkhand. This apart, our department is trying its best to work in tandem with the NIA,” said the DGP.
Besides DGP Kumar, others in the high-powered meet included IG CID Sampat Meena, ADG special branch Rezi Dungdung, IG Ranchi M.S. Bhatia and IG (operations) M.L. Meena, NIA IG Sanjeev Kumar and SP Vikas Vaibhav. Participants included police personnel of SP and DSP rank.
“Today’s workshop did not focus on any particular event or person but dealt with how to identify threats and pursue clues,” said an SP.
Speaking on the sidelines, DGP Kumar, when asked about the arms theft involving drinking water and sanitation minister Jai Prakash Bhai Patel’s security guards last week in Hazaribagh, said probe was in preliminary stages.
“I can only comment once it is over,” Kumar said.
Reportedly, Hazaribagh police first hinted at the involvement of the minister, and later, his aides.
Couple of days ago, Assembly Speaker S.S. Bhokta wrote to DGP Kumar complaining about his poor security cover in districts during visits. On this, Kumar said: “Action will be taken if we find lapses.”