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The Special Tactical Unit (STU) is an urban counter terrorist unit based in Odisha, India. They specialise in urban warfare scenarios including hostage situations.[1]

Special Tactical Unit
Agency overview
FormedJuly 8, 2013
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionOdisha, India
General nature
  • Local civilian agency
HeadquartersBhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Parent agencySpecial Operation Group (Odisha Police)
Data for organisation as at July 2013.



After the 26 November 2008 Mumbai attacks, the state of Maharashtra started an urban counter terrorism force called Force One. Later, Andhra Pradesh also started a similar force called Organisation for Counter Terrorists Operations (OCTOPUS). A similar unit, called Special Tactical Unit, was unveiled by Jugal Kishore Mohapatra, the Chief Secretary of Odisha, on 8 July 2013.[1][2] After the 7 July 2013 Bodh Gaya bombings, the STU was deployed for security for the first time during the 2013 Puri Ratha-Yatra on 10 July 2013.[3]

Organisation and roleEdit

The STU is derived from the Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Odisha Police, which is an anti-Naxalite division specialising in jungle and guerilla warfare. STU personnel have been trained by the National Security Guard (NSG) at Manesar, Haryana, and specialise in urban scenarios including hostage situations. In the future, the STU will be independent of the SOG and also act as a SWAT unit.[1] They will be also used to protect military installations like the Chandipur missile test range and monuments like the Jagannath Temple, Puri.[4] The unit as of July 2013 has 30 personnel and it hopes to induct 30 more personnel in the second phase.[5][6] The plan is to gradually raise the numbers to 100.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "State gets a dedicated force to combat urban terrorism". The New Indian Express. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Special unit to tackle terrorism - Security beefed up in and around Jagannath temple in Puri". The Telegraph (India). 8 July 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Puri Rath yatra begins today". The Times of India. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Odisha raises anti-terror unit". The Times of India. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Odisha raises Tactical Unit to face urban terror". Business Standard. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Special unit formed to fight urban terrorism". The Hindu. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Odisha special unit to counter urban terrorism". Yahoo News. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.