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Goa to get its ‘Anti Terrorist Squad’

Acknowledging that Goa is on the Al Qaida and LeT radar as a probable target for terrorist attacks, the state cabinet has approved the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) proposal and sanctioned 93 posts for it.

Goa is on the international map of terrorist attacks as a possible target, in view of increasing volume of tourist arrivals from Western European countries, US and Israel.

A large number of Kashmiris, have also permanently shifted to Goa for various business activities, the proposal note. “This provides conducive environment for terrorists to merge amongst Kashmiri businessmen and take shelter,” the proposal said.

The ATS approval came as the existing internal security and intelligence apparatus is not in position to counter terrorist activities, such as sabotage, explosions, target killing, attacks on places of worship.

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