City Guards, an elite commando force to combat terrorists and rescue hostages on the lines of National Security Guards, will be raised by Hyderabad police.
While the nature of training to be imparted and other issues are yet to be finalised, city police would keep a unit of Greyhounds, the State Government’s anti-naxal force, comprising 35 men and officers ready to meet any eventuality, Police Commissioner B. Prasada Rao said on Tuesday.
Formation of a unit like City Guards was deemed imperative by the police after the terror strike in Mumbai. The first contingent of City Guards might comprise about 100 to 150 members. They would be selected mostly from the City Armed Reserve wing of city police. Apart from being imparted latest combative techniques, physical fitness and state-of-the-art weapon handling, they would be given special diet and additional payments.