BHOPAL: The MP ATS (Anti-Terrorist squad) is going to have its own police station after five long years of operation in the state.
The super police doesn’t have a police station as of now and relies upon the stations of STF (Special task force) to carry out its operations.
The idea to raise a separate squad in MP for dealing terrorism was mooted by the then home minister Himmat Kothari, after the state government failed to get a central nod for an anti-terror law, modelled on the lines of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
MPATS was finally set up in August 2008 with IPS (then DIG) Pawan Shrivastava as its chief and a task force of 175 police personnel, comprising three police superintendents, seven deputy superintendents of police, 13 police inspectors, 36 sub-inspectors, 54 head constables and 62 constables. Later, the strength was increased later. A formal notification was issued for registration of ATS's cases at the STF's police in December 2008. Since then all legal proceedings and charge-sheets are being filed using the STF police station.