Monday, February 17

Bengal Police gets anti-terror unit

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The state government on Monday set up a counter-terrorism unit — Special Task Force (STF) — for Bengal Police, which will be headquartered in Kolkata. The STF has a mandate to deal in offences related to terrorism, FICN, narcotics, arms, ammunition and explosives, money laundering and sedition.

The state also moved in IGP (Darjeeling) Ajay Kumar Nand as the IG (STF, Bengal) and DIG (CID-operations) Nishat Pervez as the DIG (STF, Bengal). Sunil Kumar Yadav will be the new SP of STF, Bengal that will be a separate field unit functioning under the state police chief while the Kolkata Police’s STF unit will function under the Kolkata Police commissioner.

Given his expertise in counter-terrorism probe, the state is weighing options to shift ADG CID Rajeev Kumar as the first boss of STF Bengal. A source indicated that Kumar had the dual charge of CID and STF after being transferred as ADG, CID. Due to jurisdiction issues, the STF was later dropped.

In the talks for some time, it was initially proposed to set up a unified STF for both Bengal and Kolkata to be headquartered at Rippon Street. But, legal complexities were delaying the process. The CID was also becoming overburdened with counter-terrorism cases.


Source: Times of India

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