India sets up special CBRN unit

India's Maharashtra home minister has ordered state police to set up a specialized unit with a goal of tackling biological, chemical and nuclear weapons in the face of future terror challenges.

Haharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil, at a high level security review meeting held in Mantralaya this week, told the police department to create and submit a proposal to set up the NBC - nuclear, biological and chemical - unit.

The home department is also preparing a program that will send top officials abroad to acquire sophisticated training to face future uncertainties.

Patil was also given an overview of the elite Force One's progress, which is training its commandos in preparedness for terror attacks. In the event of an attack, Patil was told, Force One commandos would be operational within 10 minutes. Additionally, the commandos were given specialized training in Tamil Nadu.

Quick Response Teams were set up following the November 26, 2008, Mumbai terror attacks, which are charged with dealing with terror eventualities in as quick a time as possible.

There are 17 Quick Response Teams currently stationed in Mumbai with similar units in the process of being set up in Thane, Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpu, the state's second capital city.

The security review meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary Chandra Iyengar, Director General of Police A.N. Roy, Mumbai Police Commissioner D. Shivanandan, Anti-Terrorist Squad chief K.P Raghuvanshi, state Intelligence Bureau chief K.L. Prasad, Force One chief S. Jagannathan and Coastal Security chief Parambir Singh.