The Delhi Police on Friday decided to deploy 10 new PCR vans after warnings about possible terror attacks in the capital. These vans will be manned by National Security Guard-trained drivers and commandos, at vulnerable spots. “In the light of recent terror attacks across the globe, it was decided that we should add anti-terror backup, said Dependra Pathak,” special commissioner of police (operations) was quoted saying by The Indian Express. He added that the reason behind it to ensure that immediate action is taken in case of a terror attack. Here’s all you need to know about these vans:
1. The ‘Parakram’ vans will be stationed at Vijay Chowk, Palika Bazar, IP Marg, Select Citywalk Mall in Saket, Vasant Kunj Mall, Pacific Mall, Netaji Subhash Place market and mall complex, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple and Jhandewalan.
2. These vans are GPRS-enabled and fitted with pan-Delhi wireless communication. Apart from this, they are driven by an NSG-trained driver and also gave an in-charge and three commandos. The contingent also comprises nine women commandos.
3. The primary task of these vans will be to act in terror and other serious situations that demand an armed response. However, they will not handle the usual calls that are handled by the PCR unit.
4. These vans will also help in strengthening the existing deployment of the district police. Drivers in these vans will be armed with a ‘small weapon’ and are trained in offensive driving with 360 degrees turning and firing in mobile mode.
5. The commandos will be armed with AK-47 rifles as well. These vans will be flagged off by Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik oN Saturday at an event.