Bhubaneswar(Samaya Bureau): Three companies of personnel trained specially in crowd control and management, a special wing of the state police force named Odisha Swift Action Force(OSAF) were inducted into the Odisha Police here today. The three companies would be deployed in Puri for smooth conduct of the Car Festival starting June 25..
The force comprises of more than 300 selected police personnel pooled from various wings of the state police.They were imparted special training by the Rapid Action Force (RAF) in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
At present, there are two other specialised wings of Odisha police – Special Operation Group (SOG) and Special Tactical Unit (STU) to tackle Naxalites , which would also be engaged during the Rath Yatra.
The prime task of the OSAF would be to control crowd during major festivals and combat crises during riots and terrorist attacks. They have been provided with special combat weapons and separate uniform.