Shillong, Oct 31: â€œGaro Hills region of the State has been reeling under militancy, most of our energies and efforts have been focused in that direction, towards building up the capabilities of the police for fighting militancy and terrorismâ€ said Meghalaya Director General of Police N Ramachandran while addressing his farewell parade here on Wednesday morning at Police Training School.
DG had a 13 - month stint as the head of the police department. He added, â€œWe have come a long way since then and I feel happy today that we have been able to fully and effectively revamp the state intelligence and security machinery to deal with militancy and we are far more confident today.â€
He also said â€œThe state police have also strengthened the SWAT teams, who have been effectively fighting the militants shoulder to shoulder with CRPFâ€™s CoBRA, have several spectacular successes, and the courage and determination they have displayed are praiseworthy.â€
Praising state police, he further added, â€œEqually praiseworthy is the perseverance, courage and determination shown by district SPs, some young DSPs and Additional SPs, OCs of police stations, Inspectors, Sub-Inspectors, Constables and every other rank of Meghalaya police fighting militancy. I feel proud to see their accomplishments, and happy that the State Police have been able to prevent many militant attacks and saved many lives of innocent citizenâ€.
He also announced that state police are in the process of setting up of a modern Police academy for which the 13th Finance Commission has granted Rs. 50 crores.
â€œThis Academy will be set up as an institution of excellence in police training and we should ensure that this institution is carefully nurtured to meet the training requirements of the State Police,â€ he stated.
Ramachandran, during his 34 years of service, was attached with Assam Police and spend about 14 years in the Special Protection Group which guards VVIPs and had served eight successive Prime Ministers of the country.