PANJIM: Home minister Ravi Naik said that the government has not scrapped the police proposal to set up anti-terrorism sqaud in the state. The proposal is pending with the state government since 2008.   "The proposal to set up the ATS is still pending with the government. It has not been scrapped. We need more staff in the police. The present staff of 5000 policemen is inadequate and more persons need to be recruited", said Naik.
In wake of reports of the State consistently figuring in the hit list of terror organizations, the Goa Police had made a proposal to the government to set up its own ATS in November 2008. But till date the government has not given its approval.
Meanwhile, with the government failing to grant permission to the police to set up the ATS, the police have started training its own men. "We don't have the sanctioned ATS. Government will sanction the same in due course. But our men are adequately trained and we have raised our capacity to face any terrorist attack. If there is a terrorist attack on Goa, then we will not say "bachao, bachao", but we will fight out", said DGP Bhimsen Bassi.
DGP Bassi added, "The challenges before the police are growing. Our responsibilities have increased and we are trying to create a capable force".


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