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Mangaluru among five centres chosen to house rapid action force

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Oct 8: The central government has decided to set up rapid action force (RAF) units in five new places in the country. Mangaluru has emerged as one of the preferred choices for this distinguished recognition. This happens to be the first ever RAF base to be set up in Karnataka.

RAF happens to be a part of the Central Reserve Police Force. Currently, they are present in Hyderabad, Allahabad, Ahmadabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Aligarh, Jamshedpur, Coimbatore, Bhopal and Meerut.

The other bases selected by the central government this time are Varanasi, Jaipur, Hajipur in Bihar, and Nuh in Haryana. Although the union government had given its clearance for the creation of five new RAF battalions in the country during January this year, it has now announced the names of places where they would be set up. With these five, the country will have a total of 15 RAF bases.

With RAF bases at Meerut, Allahabad, Aligarh and now Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh with four bases, will be having the highest number of these bases.

The major functions of RAF are to regulate violence and mob rioting. The forces have unique uniform and are specially trained in handling violence and mass trouble. RAF battalions also work along with other forces on humanitarian grounds to tackle situations like earthquake, flood, cyclone and natural calamities. They are equipped by instruments needed to handle large scale violence like pump action guns and smoke grenades etc.

City police commissioner, T R Suresh, said that land for housing RAF office had been identified in Maravoor and Bajpe in the city when submitting proposal two years back. He stated that the commissionerate has not received any information about the above decision, as the negotiations and discussions were held at the government level.


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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    Mangalore was one of the peaceful cities in the past. However the present situation is anything but satisfactory. Hope the RAPID ACTION FORCE will benefit the city to maintain peace and harmony. I have a question here. Will the R.A.F. working under the direction of The Police Commissioner?

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  • K V Kamath, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    I don't understand why few are resisting the presence of base for RAF. Mangalore has large Industries like MRPL, MCF, Major Sea and Air Port . Their presence may ease security concerns for these vital Institutions too. Why is Modi dragged in every issues? Is Modi only for Mangalore or the whole Nation?

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  • Syed Mohiudin, Iruvail/Riyadh

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    This should have been 25 years before.

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  • Prakash, Brahmavar/Bengaluru

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    Mangalore being on west coast is a sensitive place from security point of view especially considering earlier Mumbai attack. Also we have large oil refinery, strategic oil reserve and sea bird installation (at Karwar).

    Let us welcome the decision rather than giving our views for which we are not knowledgeable enough on National security matters

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    Ellavu BD mahime

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  • Lambert, MANGALORE

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    RAF is a welcome decision, but fact is why a central force that has a lot of North Indians. Central govt is the remote to control riots using RAF. I do not know about state or nearest administration will be in charge of RAF. Who knows this will be ready within 2-6 months in Mangaluru... elections are nearby BJP wants Modi to contest from coastal region..maybe losing seat in Varanasi ...conspiracy theory is he will be wanting to win from here hook or crook and wants a army ready to tackle issues.

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    MAngalore and Varanasi are peaceful cities ...
    But its possible that the govt has taken action based on Intelligence reports .
    Anyways ..its likely to trigger some economic activity in and around maravoor.

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  • Biddu Appiah, Mangalore/Coorg

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    The previous and current state Congress Govt appeasement tactics have taken a huge toll. We have lots of 'sensitive areas' around and you dont have to be an Einstien to figure out why? Due to the excessive Govt pampering on religious grounds, Mlore has become a safe haven for sleepers cells. Criminals from Kerala and other states hide in Mlore after committing a crime. Logistics are provided by locals on the basis of religion. Mlore is now on the radar. You cannot blame God and Modi all the time.

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    Moan Bhagat once announced RSS can take charge of oh oh oh ?

    At once can not so slowly develop such force all over ?

    Applicants whether from RSS?

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  • JNB, Mumbai_Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    No more overtime for Morale_Police

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    Before Assembly elections Mangalore was cam and quite and peaceful. Now why Rapid action force ? What went wrong?

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    BD ego will hurt a lot ?

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  • Truth, Mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    Not a news to take pride on.
    It is a shame that we Mangaluru is chosen to house RAF!! We need a Mangaluru even without police!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    We don't want want Kam-Chor North Indians ...

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  • sampath, India

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    try to understand the God's word to human beings....

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  • Alwyn, Canada

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    Samp ath I agree your comment this time. You are getting closer to gods words and getting wiser. God continue to bless you and make you hatefree human to love everyone without religious bias.

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  • RkR, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    Good job, mangalore city will be free from issues related to violence and terror threats.

    Task force - To all those group who act maintaining peace, don't take things lightly because one strecher ambulance and a wheelchair is always ready for you n nearby hospital.

    Mangalorean are peace loving.

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  • pooki, mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    People who will be residing in nearby areas of this RAF or any other force will be on the receiving end.

    These thugs when they are free create lot of trouble to locals.

    Few years ago people of Baikampady have seen the real picture of the same kind of force which was later shifted after rucks with locals.

    Hope the administration keeps an eye once their accomodation is made permanent and these guys arrive in groups

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  • JNB, Mumbai_Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 8 2018

    Cow thieves and Cow protectors should alert .

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 8 2018


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