Fighting terror : Heroes awarded this republic day

26 01 2009


Source: PIB, IBNLIVE

The Ashoka Chakra is awarded to any individual, uniformed or civilian, for the most conspicuous bravery, or some act of daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice otherwise than in the face of the enemy.

On January 26, 2009 the President will confer 11 Ashoka Chakra Awards, including two announced earlier on August 15, 2008 on Asstt. Commandant Pramod Kumar Satapathy, Special Operation Group, Orissa State Armed Police (Posthumous), and Shri R P Diengdoh, Meghalaya Police (Posthumous), at Rajpath before the start of the parade.

The following is the full list of awardees and a brief on their acts of valour:

SHRI R P DIENGDOH MEGHALAYA POLICE (POSTHUMOUS)

On 6th November 2007, information was received that about ten militants, armed with automatic rifles and a huge quantity of explosives have set up a camp in the jungles of Meghalaya.

Shri RP Diengdoh volunteered to lead the police party in the operations against the militants. The police party reached the site the next day just before dawn and charged into the camp to flush out the militants. The militants opened heavy fire on the assault team. Shri Diengdoh boldly returned the fire and shot dead one militant. However, he was hit by a bullet. Unmindful of the grave injury, he continued to lead the team and managed to capture two dreaded militants.

Shri RP Diengdoh displayed exemplary dedication to duty and pre-eminent valour in making the supreme sacrifice while fighting the militants.

ASSISTANT COMMANDANT SHRI PRAMOD KUMAR SATAPATHY TRAINING-IN-CHARGE OF THE SPECIAL OPERATION GROUP ORISSA STATE ARMED POLICE (POSTHUMOUS)

In the night of 15th February 2008 about 500 heavily armed naxalites carried out simultaneous attacks on police at various locations in and around Bhubaneswar looting many weapons and killing several police personnel. Thereafter, they hid in nearby jungles.

Assistant Commandant Shri Pramod Kumar Satapathy of the Special Operation Group along with a mere 20 police personnel reached the elevated position taken by the naxalites inside the jungle and immediately mounted an assault on them. The naxalites retaliated with heavy fire on the police team and in a fierce encounter lasting for about two hours. Shri Satapathy led the operations with exemplary courage before making the supreme sacrifice.

Shri Pramod Kumar Satapathy displayed highest degree of bravery and dedication to duty in the fight against naxalites.

IC-45618 COLONEL JOJAN THOMAS JAT REGIMENT / 45 RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)

On 22nd August 2008, at about 03:30 AM, Colonel Jojan Thomas, Commanding Officer of 45 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion deployed in Jammu and Kashmir established contact with a group of terrorists.

Colonel Thomas immediately rushed to the area with available troops and soon a fierce firefight ensued. Leading from the front, Colonel Thomas eliminated two terrorists from close quarters. In the process he sustained severe gun shot wounds. Inspite of this, he engaged the third terrorist in a fierce hand-to-hand fight before eliminating him.

Colonel Jojan Thomas displayed exemplary leadership and exceptional gallantry in eliminating three hardcore terrorists and made the supreme sacrifice for the nation.

SHRI MOHAN CHAND SHARMA INSPECTOR, DELHI POLICE (POSTHUMOUS)

On 19th September 2008, Shri Mohan Chand Sharma, Inspector, Delhi Police received specific information that a suspected person wanted in connection with the serial bomb blasts in Delhi was hiding in a flat in Batla House area of Jamia Nagar, New Delhi.

Shri Sharma leading a seven member team quickly reached the identified flat. As soon as he entered the flat he received the first burst of fire from the terrorists holed up inside the flat. Undaunted, he returned the fire. In the ensuing exchange of fire, two terrorists were killed and one captured.

Shri Mohan Chand Sharma showed exemplary courage and devotion to duty in fighting the terrorists and made the supreme sacrifice for the nation.

13621503 HAVILDAR BAHADUR SINGH BOHRA10TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES) (POSTHUMOUS)

Havildar Bahadur Singh Bohra was the squad commander of an assault team deployed for a search operation in General Area Lawanz of Jammu and Kashmir.

On 25th September 2008, at 6:15 PM, he observed a group of terrorists and moved quickly to intercept them. In the process, he came under heavy hostile fire. Undaunted, he charged at the terrorists and killed one of them. However, he suffered severe gun shot wounds. Refusing evacuation, he continued with the assault and killed two more terrorists at extremely close range.

Havildar Bahadur Singh Bohra, thus, displayed most conspicuous bravery and made the supreme sacrifice for the nation in fighting the terrorists.

SHRI HEMANT KAMLAKAR KARKARE JOINT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MAHARASHTRA (POSTHUMOUS)

On 26th November 2008 at 9:40 PM, Shri Hemant Kamlakar Karkare, Joint Commissioner of Police and Chief of the Anti-Terrorist Squad, received information about a terrorist attack at Chhatrapati Sivaji Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai.

Acting swiftly, Shri Karkare dispatched teams to plug the possible escape routes and himself alongwith a small team rushed to Cama Hospital where the terrorists had moved by then. A firefight ensued between the terrorists and the police team. As a result, the terrorists were forced to change their position. Shri Karkare pursued the terrorists but in the process his jeep got ambushed and he was critically injured. He however, continued to lead the operation and succeeded in injuring one of the terrorists.

Shri Hemant Kamlakar Karkare displayed courage and leadership of the highest order in fighting the terrorists and made the supreme sacrifice for the nation.

SHRI TUKARAM GOPAL OMBALE ASSISTANT SUB-INSPECTOR OF POLICE, MAHARASHTRA (POSTHUMOUS)

On 26th November 2008, Shri Tukaram Gopal Ombale, Asstt. Sub Inspector of Police was on night duty at D B Marg Police Station when the terrorist attack in Mumbai took place.

Around midnight, a wireless message was flashed that two terrorists were moving towards Marine Drive in a car. Shri Ombale immediately positioned barricades to block its passage. As soon the car stopped, one of the terrorists inside the car opened fire. Shri Ombale in a daring act rushed to the left side of the car and pounced on one of the terrorists in order to snatch his AK 47 rifle. In the process he got seriously injured and later succumbed to his injuries.

Shri Tukaram Gopal Ombale showed raw grit and unparalleled courage in making his supreme sacrifice while fighting the terrorists.

IC-58660 MAJOR SANDEEP UNNIKRISHNAN BIHAR REGIMENT / 51 SPECIAL ACTION GROUP (POSTHUMOUS)

Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan led the commando operation launched on 27th November 2008 to flush out terrorists from Hotel Taj Mahal, Mumbai in which he rescued 14 hostages.

During the operation, his team came under intense hostile fire, in which one of his team members got grievously injured. Major Sandeep pinned down the terrorists with accurate fire and rescued the injured commando to safety. In the process, he was shot in his right arm. Despite his injuries, he continued to fight the terrorists till his last breath.

Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan displayed most conspicuous bravery besides camaraderie and leadership of the highest order and made the supreme sacrifice for the nation.

4073611 HAVILDAR GAJENDER SINGH PARACHUTE REGIMENT / 51 SPECIAL ACTION GROUP (POSTHUMOUS)

In the night of 27th November 2008, Havildar Gajender Singh was leading his squad in the operation to rescue hostages from the terrorists at Nariman House, Mumbai.

After clearing the top floor of the terrorists, he reached the place where the terrorists had taken position. As he closed in, the terrorists hurled a grenade injuring him. Undeterred, he kept firing and closing in on the terrorists by exposing himself to the hostile fire. In the act, he injured one of the terrorists and forced the others to retreat inside a room. He continued the encounter till he succumbed to his injuries.

Havildar Gajender Singh displayed most conspicuous courage against grave odds and made the supreme sacrifice for the nation in combating the terrorists.

SHRI ASHOK MARUTRAO KAMTE ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MAHARASHTRA (POSTHUMOUS)

On 26th November 2008, ten heavily armed terrorists launched simultaneous attacks at various places in Mumbai.

Shri Ashok Marutrao Kamte, Addl. Commissioner of Police was part of the police team which rushed to Cama Hospital where the terrorists had moved in. A firefight ensued between the terrorist and the police team. As a result, the terrorists were forced to change their position. The Police team pursued the terrorists but in the process their jeep got ambushed and Shri Kamte was critically injured. He however, continued the fight and played key role in injuring one of the terrorists.

Shri Ashok Marutrao Kamte displayed courage and leadership of the highest order in fighting the terrorists and made the supreme sacrifice for the nation.

SHRI VIJAY SHAHADEV SALASKAR INSPECTOR, ANTI EXTORTION CELL OF CRIME BRANCH, MAHARASHTRA (POSTHUMOUS)

On 26th November 2008, ten heavily armed terrorists launched simultaneous attacks at various places in Mumbai.

Shri Vijay Shahadev Salaskar, Inspector, Anti Extortion Cell of Crime Branch was part of the police team rushed to Cama Hospital where the terrorists had moved in. A firefight ensued between the terrorist and the police team. As a result, the terrorists were forced to change their position. The Police team pursued the terrorists but in the process their jeep got ambushed and Shri Kamte and Shri Salaskar was critically injured. He however, continued the fight and played key role in injuring one of the terrorists.

Shri Vijay Shahadev Salaskar showed raw grit and unparalleled courage against grave odds and made the supreme sacrifice for the nation.

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Stand up and people will join you

2 12 2008

Shibu Thomas I TNN

December 20: IIT-Bombay students will organise a free rock concert and dedicate it to terror victims. Finnish band Ensiferum will perform on Day One of Mood Indigo on the Powai campus

Mumbai: “I’m mad as hell and I won’t take it anymore,’’ filmmaker Suparn Verma (33), wrote in his blog post on Saturday morning , the day NSG commandos ended the 60-hour standoff with terrorists.
Verma ended his blog saying he will maintain a vigil outside Taj Mahal hotel at 6 pm on on December 3. Within an hour, a reader put in a comment saying he will join him.
A trickle of messages soon became a roaring stream as forums and communities cropped up on social networking sites and text messages were sent thick and fast asking people to gather for the candlelight march on Wednesday outside Mumbai’s iconic hotel.
“Something just snapped in me,’’ says Verma, adding that he is no torch-bearing activist but is just venting his frustration with the political class. “We all talk about doing something. Maybe it’s time you stand up and people will join you.’’
Similar feelings motivated Bandra resident and freelance visual jockey Satyan Bajaj (25) to create a community for a march at the amphitheatre on Carter Road. “We are tried of
communal and vote bank politics and want peace,’’ says Bajaj. More than a 100 people turned up on Monday evening to light candles.
With hardly any experience of staging events of this magnitude, the organisers are relying on tools they and their audiences are familiar with—social networking sites, websites and mobile text messages.
One click of the forward button and information passes on to scores of inboxes. “We don’t have the financial resources to print pamphlets, book venues or put out advertisements. Networking sites are common platforms that help garner support,’’ says Verma.

Youths, angry with the political class irrespective of their affiliations, have declared it a “leaderless movement’’. And the internet has emerged as a rallying point to connect likeminded youngsters. Some 500-odd members of Facebook have confirmed that they will participate in Wednesday’s walk.
Seven Bungalows resident Francis D’Costa, a brand consultant, plans to go with his entire office for the 3/12 walk.
“Not voting, armchair activism and being cynical will not help if all we do is blame the system,’’ says D’Costa. “I pay my taxes without fail and I have the right as a citizen of this country to walk on Cola
ba Causeway fearlessly, not thinking that a gun-toting terrorist may be lurking around,’’ adds D’Costa, who has forwarded the message to all contacts on his cellphone.
Another community on the walk created by Urvashi Poddar talks about the prevailing anger. “If the terrorists think their doings have caused trauma, then they are right… but this act has also caused something in all of us today that will change things forever—no one has ever been this angry before. Never before has there been such an opportunity to unite, to gather, to protest, to cry out and to retaliate,’’ it says.
While ideas ranging from a civil disobedience movement to refusal to pay taxes and demands of statehood for Mumbai and withdrawal of security to politicians are doing the rounds, the organisers are hoping this rage does not remain the “flavour of the week”.
For now, the intention is to make a statement. “Our leaders only understand politics of vote bank,’’ says Verma. “They have to see us and recognise that there is this large mass of people that wants answers and is demanding accountability.’’

MAKING A STATEMENT

December 3: Walk for peace outside Taj Mahal hotel at 6 pm

December 4: St Xavier’s College will hold a memorial prayer service at 5.30 pm to pay respect to those who lost their lives

December 6: Loksatta movement will feature a peaceful march demanding reforms at 3 pm, Gateway of India





‘India not serious about dealing with terrorism’ :::Suman Guha Mozumder

28 11 2008

Source : Rediff.com

November 28, 2008 02:58 IST“I talked to a retied Indian diplomat and he said that a ship came from Karachi. Of course, Pakistan would say that ‘we have nothing to do it’, which may be true. But what worries me is the statement by PM Singh that terrorists were based outside the country,” Ganguly said.

The Indian government’s lack of seriousness in dealing with terrorism is the reason terrorists keep on striking in the country, according to Sumit Ganguly, director of the India Studies Institute at Indiana University.

“I think the way they struck — in an extraordinarily violent and sweeping fashion — was possible because India has not been serious enough about addressing the terrorist threat. One does not have to agree with (Bharatiya Janata Party leader) L K Advani [Images] to reach this conclusion,” Ganguly, holder of the Rabindranath Tagore Professorship in Indian Cultures and Civilizations, told rediff.com.

He, however, noted that India has responded very well in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Mumbai.

“They have not panicked, and they are proceeding systematically. All that is very creditable,” Ganguly said.

He was quick to add, “Simply saying ‘we will maintain our resolve in the face of this terrorist threat’ is not enough. It is one thing to maintain your resolve after bombs go off and quite another to develop serious database of terrorists, to go after them, to disrupt the network and to make this a national priority,” Ganguly said.

“I just do not see the evidence for that. This attitude has emboldened some people,” he said.

Ganguly agreed that the timing of the terror attack on India’s financial capital was significant, right after the peaceful polls in Jammu and Kashmir [Images] and only a week before the USIBC was slated to take a large delegation of nuclear power companies.

Was this an attempt to hit the growing US-India relationship, especially on the economic front?

“That is clearly one element. This is a message (for India) that getting too close to the United States will cost them. Also, it is designed to undermine India’s financial stability,” Ganguly said.

“Why not strike somewhere else? Why Mumbai, the place expatriates and Americans frequent. It is clearly designed to send a message that India is an unsafe place to do business,” Ganguly said.

He said that there is no point talking about the terrorist attack now. “What’s the point of talking about it? Why has it (a national plan to fight terrorism) not been done on a war footing? ,” he said.

“I think outside Iraq, India has seen the largest number of terrorist attacks in the past year. This is not an occasional episode. This has become a routine sort of calamity and when it becomes so, the government) should treat it as a national priority. It is not something that you respond to in an ad hoc fashion, however well you respond after the attack,” Ganguly said.

Speaking on Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s [Images] statement, that India should not react in a knee-jerk fashion, Ganguly said, “Of course he has to say that. He cannot say that ‘let me see if one of our people did this.'”

“Dr Singh is not given to pointing fingers and drawing some quick conclusions unless he has some kind of evidence,” he said. “Nonetheless, one should not draw any conclusion right away (about the origin of the terrorist attack),” Ganguly said.





Paying tribute to the Police killed in Mumbai attack

27 11 2008


Vijay Salaskar

ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in the Mumbai seige
ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in the Mumbai seige

Aerial map of Mumbai showing sites of shootings


Video : IBNLIVE





ULFA, Bangladesh’s DGFI join hands to wreak havoc

1 11 2008

Sat, Nov 01, 2008 at 17:16

Source: IBNLIVE

Video: IBNLIVE

New Delhi: The serial bomb blasts in four cities of Assam on Thursday point to a new chapter of terror by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).

The investigating agencies say that ULFA is being backed by Bangaldesh’s military intelligence wing, the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) which has been modelled on Pakistan’s ISI.

Chief of Bangladesh’s Army General Moeen Uddin Ahmed has been at the centre of India’s diplomatic efforts in Bangladesh in the last eight months.

Indian agencies say DGFI’s head till early this month Major General ATM Amin has always been close to ISI. Major General ATM Amin was also instrumental in giving advanced training in bomb making to a new batch of ULFA cadres in Maximhat near Chittagong in from April to June this year.

The camp also trained new boys of other tribal insurgent groups from North-East and West Bengal like the All Tripura Tiger Force and Kamtapur Liberation Organisation.

“The ISI and the DGFI are behind these things. Their new strategy is to use the local outfits. They design and plan the entire thing,” GM Srivastav, former ADG (Ops), Assam Police, says.

Indian investigators allege that several separatist militant groups from North-East are flexing their muscle from hideouts in Dhaka.

According to a list given by India to Bangladesh, nearly 100 insurgent camps, hideouts and safe houses of militant groups operating in the North-East are based in Bangladesh.

The document clearly shows that the ULFA leads the pack of separatist groups that operate from Bangladesh. The group also maintains seven active training camps in Bangladesh and its chief Paresh Barua is also hiding there.

“If you look at the history of violence in Assam perpetrated by ULFA from 80s, there have been a number of blasts people have died in large numbers,” Srivastav says.

ULFA’s character is also changing. The group’s armed wings do not recruit only Assamese men anymore. They hire anyone who will carry out their agenda, for a price and their commander-in-chief Paresh Barua insists that the new band of boys don’t discuss political ideology in the training camp.

While insurgency has degenerated into urban terrorism, now the ULFA has gained the eyeballs and attention they have craved for several years.





Human bombs versus conventional offensives

19 10 2008

Source: India Today

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The LTTE were not the originators of the cult of suicide terrorism. That dubious distinction goes to the Hezbollah, whose 1983 bombing of the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut killed 241 US servicemen.

The LTTE copycatted the Hezbollah when Vallipuram Vasanthan aka ‘Captain Miller’ drove a truckload of explosives into a Sri Lankan army camp killing 39 soldiers. Over the years, they honed suicide terrorism into a lethal art, striking at heavily guarded targets –VIPs or groups of security personnel. They assassinated former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 and President Premadasa two years later. Suicide bombers strike at heavily guarded or fortified targets, individuals or installations, which are hard to reach by conventional means.

But, of late, the LTTE, which has resumed its suicide bombing campaign since its five year ceasefire with the Sri Lankan government collapsed two years ago, has been completely overshadowed by the attacks carried out in Pakistan against the Pakistan military and police and VIP targets like Benazir Bhutto, but with scant regard for civilian collateral.

Pakistan is now emerging as the suicide bombing capital of the world. In the first eight months of the year, says the Institute of Conflict Management, 28 suicide bombings within Pakistan have killed more than 471 people. By comparison, Iraq saw 42 such attacks and 463 deaths; Afghanistan witnessed 36 incidents and 436 casualties.

These attacks don’t include last week’s suicide assault on Pakistan’s anti-terrorist headquarters that wounded six, or the truck bombing of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad which killed over 55 people, including the Czech envoy.

In sharp contrast, the notorious Black Tigers and their marine counterparts, the Black Sea Tigers have struck 29 times on land, sea and under the water – a suicide diver attacked and sank a Lankan naval vessel inside Trincomalee harbour in May last year killing over 300 persons.

Yet, mindless as they may seem, these attacks separated by thousands of kilometres have a common underlying message. Both the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the LTTE are under siege. The Pakistani Taliban is reeling from multiple assaults from government ground forces, helicopter gunships and artillery in the North-West Frontier Province. The Sri Lankan army is advancing within sight of the Tiger capital of Kilinochchi. Both these guerrilla armies have begun using bombings as a cost effective way of launching the fight into the government’s rear and thereby force a stalemate. Regrettably, they don’t seem to be short of either recruits or material to carry them out.





How private security guards can fight terror ?

17 10 2008

Source: Rediff.com
Interesting links: http://www.capsi.in/

Image: Private security personnel check visitors to an information technology company on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

Image: A private security guard walks past parked taxis at the city airport in Mumbai.


Image: A private security officer uses a webcam to capture the photograph of a visitor.

Image: Security guards form a cordon outside a hotel in Mumbai.


Image: A private security guard checks patrons outside a cinema hall.

How private security guards can fight terror ?

October 17, 2008

Private security agencies under the aegis of the Central Association for Private Security Industry met Home Minister Shivraj Patil in Bangalore recently and offered their services to help combat terror. Private security personnel say they could help in the fight against terrorism.

Vishwanath Katti, chairman of the Central Association for Private Security Industry (Karnataka chapter) and the managing director of Guardwell Detective Services who was part of the delegation that met Patil told Special Correspondent Vicky Nanjappa how private security personnel could be involved in fighting terror. Click here for the interview

What role do private security personnel want to don in the fight against terror and what did you tell the home minister?

There are more private security guards in any city than police personnel in most cities. It is almost impossible for the police force to be everywhere all the time and this often leads to disaster. We suggested to the home minister that private security personnel apart from doing their usual duties could look a bit further too. They could keep a watch on the movement of people and in case they notice something fishy they could report to the police so that action can be initiated.

Sounds great. But do private security personnel have the expertise to undertake such a job? There is a difference between how a private security guard would react as compared to a policeman.

Yes I am aware of this. This is why we have urged the home minister to act upon our suggestion and direct the police force to train private security guards. We have the manpower but what these men need is training. We requested that the our guards be trained in collecting intelligence and reporting suspicious activity.

In what other ways can private guards contribute?

Apart from collection of intelligence and keeping an eye on the people, private guards could also be trained in disaster management. We have told the home minister about this too. Disaster management is a very important function in case of a terror strike. After every strike, the police do take some time to reach the spot. Private guards, if trained in disaster management, could be of great help the moment there is an attack. They could undertake work like moving the injured to hospital, cordoning off the area until the police reach the spot.

What about bomb disposal?

No no no. We do not want to get into that. This is something that requires a lot of expertise and only the police are equipped to undertake such a job. However in our proposal to the home minister we have suggested that private guards could be trained in the evacuation process. The guards could scan the area for bombs and then immediately report the matter to the disposal squad.

I wanted to ask about the attitude of security guards at malls. One day they check and on other days they don’t. Sometimes the boot of the car is not checked. Metal detectors are there only at the entrance and if one parks his car in the basement and enters the mall through the fire exit, he is not checked.

Yes I know what you are saying. Look, to screen a vehicle completely takes 10 minutes and if guards do that there will be absolute chaos. Regarding more metal detectors and presence of more guards discussions are on. It entirely depends on the client, although I must add that the awareness levels are higher and steps are being taken to address this issue.

So spending ten minutes will add to chaos. What about the chaos if a bomb goes off?

Please understand one thing. The mindset of a person who intends carrying out a strike is different. The fact that there are security personnel and checking is enough to scare off a criminal. He will not enter a place where there are security personnel. Our guards apart from doing the routine checks also keep a close watch on the body language of every person. If a person is found acting suspicious, he will be reported immediately.

How did the home minister react to your suggestions? When does he plan to institute these changes?

Yes the home minister was very positive to all our suggestions. He too said on several occasions that the police need support in fighting terror. However there are certain glitches in the law, which need to be amended if private security personnel are to be involved in such an exercise. He said that he would work on that get back to us soon.

Source: Deccan Herald Interview

‘Private detectives can bolster internal security’

An ace private detective, Kunwar Vikram Singh wears many hats.

He is heading a detective company ‘Lancers’ — engaged in the business since 1980. He is the chairman of the Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) and president of the Association of Private Detectives of India (APDI). Featured in Time, Newsweek, Herald Tribune and The Times, Singh has received investigator of the year 2006 award from the World Association of Detectives (WAD) and in 2007 from the World Investigators Network (WIN).

Singh would be in Bangalore on October 13 and 14 with Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, attending the national conference of CAPSI in the city. “With over 55 lakh private security personnel, trained in intelligence gathering skills, we can make a major difference in the internal security of the country,” says Singh. In an interview with Deepak K Upreti of Deccan Herald, Singh talks about the state of private security and detectives and their use in combating terror. Excerpts:

Tell us about the basic contours of private security in India?

The size of private security industry in monetary terms is about Rs 25,000 crore. It is growing at the rate of 35 per cent. As per the statement of the finance minister, security agencies and courier companies are the highest corporate tax payers.

What about the numerical facts?

There are 15,000 guarding companies and the total staff strength is 55 lakh. This is the largest guarding operations in the world. In India, it is much more than the combined strength of the Army, Navy, Air Force and paramilitary forces.

How good are the job opportunities in the industry?

We require one million people each year to fill up vacancies. We are one of the largest job providers in the country in the private sector.

What is the social profile of those joining security agencies?

Almost 80 per cent of guards are from rural areas. By virtue of generating this income, every year 10 lakh families are moving up the poverty line and this fact is not known to even the Planning Commission. They get Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 as salary besides PF, gratuity and pension.

But, how many security companies are providing even basic minimum salaries? Most of the time it is a hire and fire situation…

The need for the Private Security Agency Regulation Act came up because of these anomalies and violations by security agencies, not following guidelines provided by the state governments.

How many states are following the provisions of the Private Security Regulation Act?

This Bill, after being passed by Parliament, was sent to the states. The Centre has framed model rules and now the states would follow, to regulate private security agencies. In Karnataka, it is in the final stages.

As per the Act, who is the controlling authority at the Centre?

The Centre has formed a central regulatory board of seven members — four from the government and three from the trade. Similarly, states will have five members from government and two from the trade with adequate powers.

Is there a move to utilise the huge private security force for internal security too?

I offered to the home minister the services of 50 lakh people for internal security. The IB has 35,000 people while we have 55 lakh standing at shops, offices, etc. Under the Act, guards must get 160 hours of training within 21 days. We asked them to give another 20 hours of training in intelligence gathering, which would give the security set up one crore additional eyes, without spending a single extra penny.

What was your most challenging security task?

Indira Gandhi personally asked me to plan the security of the 1982 Asian Games and I assured that even if a single nail was found missing, I would replace it provided she allowed me to work my way and pay me. She agreed and not a single untoward incident occurred.

Is the government taking the help of private security agencies for the coming commonwealth games?

Yes. Delhi police joint commissioner Aditya Kashyap has been designated to coordinate with the CAPSI. We will take care of training in all kinds of skills.

What has been your high point as a detective?

That was when I solved a 24 million dollar fraud in a Singapore bank in 2005. I identified and arrested the culprit Satwant Singh, a computer expert, at INA market in New Delhi. In fact, he offered me 12 million dollars to set him free.

As a detective how much of prying do you do in family affairs, particularly relating to martial discord?

Quite a lot. I receive around 15 cases a week and we provide the spouses a fool-proof case, at times zeroing in on the bedrooms.