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Aug 28, 2009 at 09:08am IST

Mumbai revamps police force, weaponry

Mumbai: While the India Pakistan exchanges of dossiers may have reaped fewer dividends in the hunt for the masterminds of the November 26, 2008 terror strike on Mumbai, the city's police are quietly in a revamp mode.

Looking within its own folds for the reasons why the attackers could get into the city, as well as looking at the worldwide scenario, the Mumbai police have decided to revise their strategy and state of preparedness.

The newer and more confident face of Mumbai police includes new combat vehicles, state-of-the-art weaponry and commandos trained in the latest techniques.

"This is far lighter than the one we are used to in the police department. It also has a longer range for target, at 400 to 600 metres," said one of the commandos being trained in the tactics.

"This has a night vision facility, a silencer on the gun and also has three automatic fires in it," added another.

To strike back at terror in a hard and fast manner, the city's uniformed forces have inducted the latest weapons and introduced many structural changes.

  • Mumbai's police force already comprises of about 43,000 police personnel.
  • Five First Response teams of 90 commandos each have been formed.
  • They will be positioned in the five regions of the city and will be the first combat team to respond to any terror strike.
  • A new fleet of two marksman vehicles, four bulletproof Rakshak four-wheel drives, 39 combat vehicles, and three light armed vehicles have also been added.
  • High end weaponry like the MP9, Colt M203, Colt M4 Flat top Carbine 5.56mm, MP9 tactical Machine pistol have been procured.
  • Sub-Machine guns like the MP5, bullet proof jackets and helmets are now in use by the forces.

The state-of-the-art weaponry on display is proof of the fact that Mumbai police has implemented some important and corrective measures post the 26/11 terror attacks.

The crack force is now equipped weapons such as the Smith & Wesson, Glock and the MP5. The real challenge for the force really is to procure consistent training which will help the braveheart commandos who are willing to lay their lives in the line of duty.

Step one in the direction seems to be the decision of the Maharashtra government to enhance the paypackets of the courageous men.

Maharashtra Home Minister Jayant Patil said, "Those who have been entrusted with the safety and security of Mumbai, we have decided to give them double the regular salary to this bravehearts."

The Commissioner of Police in Mumbai D Sivanandhan gave a thumbs up to the boys,"We will give the highest rating to these men, the boys who have come forward."

With the new set up and training in place, the men are now more confident than ever.

"It feels good to be using this weapon and adds to our confidence," said a commando.

"The terrorists better be warned that Mumbai police is more than a match for them, the sooner they realise that the better it is," added another commando.

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