Who: Jharkhand Government
What: Approved formation of Anti-Terrorism Squad
When: 8 September 2015
The Jharkhand Government on 8 September 2015 approved the formation of an Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in the state. The State cabinet also gave its approval to create 243 ATS posts.
The ATS will be headed by an official of the rank of Superintendent of Police and will have six DSP and 11 Inspectors in it. The police will get full cooperation in meeting internal security challenges as government’s priority is to provide security to the people of the state.
Jharkhand has turned into a haven for terrorists, the two terrorists involved in the 2002 American Centre attack in Kolkata were from Jharkhand itself, however, they were killed in a gun battle with security forces in Hazaribagh district.
The accused of Patna’s Gandhi Maidan bomb blasts in 2013 was also arrested from the state.