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Delhi Police inducts 14 new Parakram Vans to deter terrorist attacks

The Delhi Police has inducted 14 new "Parakram" vans to its fleet to bolster its capacity to deal with terrorist attacks and otehr serious law and order challenges.
 
"The primary aim of deploying these ‘Parakram’ vans is to instil a feeling of security and safety amongst citizens by virtue of sheer visibility deterrence and also to respond to real life situations promptly," a press release from Delhi Police said.
 
The police had inducted ten Parakram vans as a pilot project on May 26 this year and the decision to induct the 14 new ones was taken after an assessment of their impact.
 
The release said the vans would be located at vulnerable and strategic points, including areas with high footfall and iconic buildings.
 
The first ten Parakram vans were located in areas such as Vijay Chowk, Palika Bazaar, Saket Select Citywalk mall, Police Headquarters, Pacific Mall, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple, Chandni Chowk, Jhandewalan and DLF Mall Vasant Kunj. 
 
The 14 new vans would be located at places such as Supreme Court of India, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Area, Delhi High Court, Khan Market, Parliament House, India Gate, L.G. House, Sarojini Nagar Market, Lajpat Nagar Market, Akbar Road, Netaji Subhash Palace and two reserved for emergencies. 
 
The release said the vans are GPRS-enabled and fitted with pan-Delhi wireless communication systems. Each van has been provided with a phablet with internet connectivity and recording facilities.
 
Each Parakram van will be manned by one driver, one In-charge and three commandos. Drivers deployed on these vans will be armed with small weapon and are trained by NSG in offensive/evasive driving with 360 degree turning and firing in mobile mode. In-Charge of Parakram van would be wearing tactical vest and would be equipped with stunner gun with light, body worn camera, pepper spray, baton, and so on.
 
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Commandos will be in war mode round the clock and will be attired in dungaree fatigues enabling their agility. They will be armed with AK-47 and MP-5 rifles and provided with tactical gear, including bullet proof jackets, tact belt with pourches, all-weather caps, arms and knee pads, anti-ballistic goggles, half gloves, pepper spray and so on.
 
The release said all commandoes had undergone firing training at Delhi Police Short Range training facility in Old Police Lines, Civil Lines. The contingent of commandos has fair mix of women commandos, it added.
 
Police said the pilot project of these vans had proved effective. The presence of these vehicles served as a deterrent for terror elements and helped to highlight the police presence near soft targets.
 
The 24 Parakram vans will help Delhi Police cover almost all the important establishments and locations in the national capital. They will be deployed round-the-clock and will keep moving around to ensure better policing and keep a check on criminal activities.
 
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