Your sup­port needed to curb ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties: ATS chief

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­ Posters put up at Cidco Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, Vashi.

“Build­ing base in In­dia will not be pos­si­ble for the Is­lamic State (IS) as they have done in some other coun­tries,” said Vivek Phansalkar, chief of Maharashtra anti-ter­ror­ism squad at Cidco Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, Vashi, on Satur­day.

“The rea­son is our pa­tri­otic mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties. The mem­bers of th­ese com­mu­ni­ties will never al­low any an­ti­so­cial el­e­ment to work against the in­ter­ests of the coun­try,” he said at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of anti-ter­ror­ism week or­gan­ised by the Navi Mum­bai po­lice.

Say­ing that IS has be­come a se­ri­ous is­sue and it has im­pacted In­dia, Phansalkar said: “For ex­am­ple, four youth from Kalyan went to join the IS in 2014. Some youth from other parts of the coun­try have also done the same. So we will have to en­sure that the ter­ror­ists can­not in­doc­tri­nate youth on­line and in­vite to join them.”

Phansalkar said the po­lice alone can­not stop ter­ror­ism. “Co­op­er­a­tion of each and ev­ery res­i­dent of our so­ci­ety will play a vi­tal role in it. If any­one spots sus­pi­cious things or sus­pi­cious peo­ple, they should in­form the po­lice,” he said.

Navi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan said, “Ev­ery ci­ti­zen should think that he or she is po­lice­man in civil dress.”

Sha­haji Umap, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice ( zone 1) said, “Our main ob­jec­tive is to cre­ate aware­ness about ter­ror­ism among the peo­ple, so that they can in­form us if they find some­thing amiss in their neigh­bour­hood or work­place.”


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