Uttar Pradesh ATS To Raise An All-Woman Squad For Special Operations

Uttar Pradesh ATS To Raise An All-Woman Squad For Special Operations

Lucknow, July 8 (TNA) The Anti-Terrorist Squad (UP ATS) of the UP Police will soon be raising the first-of-its-kind all-women squad called Special Police Operation Team (SPOT), an official said.

A specialised unit trained to tackle anti-hijacking and counter-insurgency operations like terror attacks, SPOT has a batch of commandos trained by expert trainers of BSF, CISF, ITBP and other paramilitary forces

A senior officer at UP ATS said that a proposal has been sent to the government for approval and budgeting after preliminary discussions with home department officials. One unit would have 58 personnel including a dog squad, a bomb disposal squad and a wireless trapping unit.

Information provided by officials suggests that the idea was based on increasing representation of women at workplaces and their deployment at sensitive locations. Carrying out rescue operations and tackling women troublemakers would also be easier with this, he added.

SPOT is a specialised unit of ATS. The first unit raised in 2018 comprised men only. SPOT has an exclusive training centre in Sarojininagar.

ADG, law and order, Prashant Kumar said that a proposal has also been sent to the government to raise more units of SPOT in Varanasi, Agra, Kheri, and Shrawasti.

IG, ATS, GK Goswami said that SPOT would also perform security surveys in peacetime and train special weapons advanced tactics teams of district police.

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