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Gear up for tackling hi-tech terrorism: Patil

February 16, 2006 16:39 IST

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil Thursday asked Delhi Police to move up to the next level of policing by tackling 'hi-tech' terrorism.

There was a need to move beyond just physical policing, but bust the mind games and break the use of technology by terrorists, he said after inspecting a guard of honour on the occasion the city police's 59th Raising Day.

We have to get better at the use of technology, communications and computers to beat such elements at their game, he said, however adding, the idea was not to kill them but save innocent lives.

He also said that new legislations needed to brought to give more teeth to the police.

Saying Delhi Police had to not only lived to the expectation of Delhiites, but also people of the whole nation, he advised the city police to increase the recruitment of women in the force.

There are 6 per cent women in Delhi Police at present and it aimed to extend it to 10, but even that should be the minimum and not the maximum, Patil said.

He also asked the police to get better with traffic control and management or the situation could get out of hand in future.

The home minister also said intelligence needed to be built up about terrorists and their activities, and that information needed to be shared by police forces across the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Delhi Police Commissioner K K Paul said the force was trying out different ways, including exhibiting better behaviour and using better language, to increase its popularity among the people.

Patil also gave away bravery and distinguished service to 49 personnel.

Ministers of State for Home S P Jaiswal, S Reghupathy and M R Gavit, Delhi Lt Governor B L Joshi, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit were prominent among those present.