Having given go ahead to the Indian Navy plan to set up base camps for unmanned aerial vehicles, the West Bengal Government has decided to set up eight new coastal police stations to reinforce surveillance in areas abutting coastline. And if everything goes according to the plan, States will have altogether 14 coastal police stations by the end of this year. This includes the six existing ones.
Kolkata: Having given go ahead to the Indian Navy plan to set up base camps for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the West Bengal Government has decided to set up eight new coastal police stations to reinforce surveillance in areas abutting coastline.
And if everything goes according to the plan, State’s will have altogether 14 coastal police stations by the end of this year. This includes the six existing ones.
The State Home Department proposal envisages setting up five such police stations in South 24-Parganas while the rest will come up in East Midnapore.
The upcoming coastal PS will be located in Jharkhali, Gobardhanpur, Gangasagar, Harwood Point and Diamond Harbour (South 24-Parganas) and Junput, Nayachar and Mandarmoni in East Midnapore.
The new coastal police hubs will cover a vast riverine area, which is, till now, unguarded.
“After the police stations are set up, we would be able to cover such areas that could to some extent prevent repeated attacks of Bangladeshi pirates. Subversive activities carried out by taking advantage of the unprotected Bay of Bengal will also be checked,” said Anuj Sharma, Inspector General of Coastal Security in West Bengal.
In conformity to the Home Department’s plan, the police headquarters have asked the district police chiefs to identify suitable land for establishment of coastal police stations after the issue was raised at the meeting of Standing Committee on Coastal Security that took place at Writers’ Buildings.
State Home Secretary GD Gautama, who presided over the Standing Committee meet, said that the State government had already sanctioned the proposal of setting up 8 coastal police stations in 2011.
On January 27, Bangladeshi pirates attacked fishermen at 30-40 km south of Bangodweni (Kendo) island in the Sunderbans. Three fishermen received bullet injury and died on the spot. Nine others were seriously injured.
Though Bangladeshi pirates have been attacking, kidnapping and killing Indian fishermen in Bay of Bengal and adjacent areas since 2000, the latest incident has baffled the administration. Keeping this in perspective, setting up of 8 new coastal police hubs is of utmost importance.
The State at present has six coastal police stations—Frazerganj , Moipith and Sunderban (South 24-Parganas), East Midnapore possesses Digha Mohana and Talpati Ghat. North 24 Parganas district has only one at Hemnagar.
These were set up following a central directive of strengthening coastal security after 26/11.