J&K, AP, N-E states to raise security forces

New Delhi, Oct 10 | Updated: Oct 11 2004, 05:30am hrs
A 50,000 strong police force will be raised within two years at the Centres initiative to deal with militants in Jammu and Kashmir, the North-east and Naxalites in some states.

The Centre has asked J&K, the north-eastern states and states facing Naxalite-related problems to raise over 50 battalions to counter insurgency and acts of terror, Union home minister Shivraj Patil said.

The force will be under the command of the state police and will be deployed wherever necessary, he said.

Mr Patil, who recently held a meeting to assess the internal security scenario in these regions, said the states have been asked to raise these battalions within a timeframe of two years. A grant of Rs 13 crore will be provided by the Centre for each battalion, he said.

The idea has a dual purpose. On one hand, the force will supplement the efforts of other security agencies to check acts of violence, and on the other it will help in addressing the problem of unemployment among the youth of these states, the home minister said.

Mr Patil also said that besides being deployed in these trouble-torn states, the force could be used for security operations elsewhere in the country.