[Reader-list] Sport a beard to rise in Maharashtra ATS
subhachops at gmail.com
Mon Nov 1 12:17:36 IST 2010
If they grow beards to catch the Muslim terrorists, I wonder what
should they wear to catch the RSS bomb-makers?
Sport a beard to rise in Maharashtra ATS
S Ahmed Ali, TNN, Nov 1, 2010, 01.53am IST
MUMBAI: After sitting on the fence for six long years, the state home
department has finally lent its seal of approval to a sensitive
proposal allowing select policemen belonging to the Maharashtra
Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) to grow beards for undercover intelligence
operations. While government was making up its mind, the state
witnessed at least seven terrorist attacks: the horrific 26/11 siege
in 2008 and the July 7 train blasts in 2006, among others—believed to
be the handiwork of Pakistan-based Islamic terror group LeT—for all of
which ATS is the nodal investigating agency.
Additional director of police (ATS), Rakesh Maria, confirmed the
development. Intelligence-gathering is the backbone of ATS, and to do
that, if the job requires him (an ATS sleuth) to grow a beard, he
should grow it.
Besides, in last three months, the ATS has recruited more Muslims in
the force in belief that this would help in countering terrorism,
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