State Special Branch
The functions of the branch are as follows :
- Internal Intelligence.
- Border Intelligence.
- Counter Espionage.
- Security of VVIP/ VIP/ Vital Installations.
- Security Training School.
- Foreigners including pass-ports.
- Crimes related with official Secrets Act.
- Dealing with Intelligence Bureau and other Intelligence Agencies.
- Co-ordination regarding intelligence and security matters
with defence Services, Paramilitary Forces and other Sister Agencies matters relating
The Criminal Investigation Department of the Rajasthan Police was bifurcated in
1965 into the Crime Branch, looking after Crime and Criminal intelligence and the
State special Branch or the Intelligence Branch dealing exclusively with all other
matters of intelligence on the pattern of the Intelligence Bureau. Headed by an
Additional Director General of Police, the branch has dedicated officers and staff
specially trained and recruited for Intelligence work who serve as the eyes and
ears of the Rajasthan Police. Rajasthan has a 1040.5 km long border with Pakistan
from Hindulmalkot in Sriganganagar to Brahmano ki Dhani in Barmer. Hence, Border
Intelligence and Counter intelligence are the priority sectors of the SSB. With
the help of central intelligence and security agencies, the SSB has succeeded over
the years in apprehending several espionage agents and other anti nationals. The
SSB is also responsible for the security of the Governor and the Chief Minister
of the State. Other important spheres of SSB's work include registration of foreigners
and immigration check at the Jaipur International Airport. For training its personnel,
the SSB runs a training school (Security Training School) within the campus of the
Rajasthan Police Academy that conducts specialization and refresher courses on various
aspects of security and intelligence. The entire international border has not so
far been sealed as fencing of certain areas in desert terrain has been somewhat
difficult. The infiltration of ISI agents through the international border still
remains a distinct possibility and as long as the entire border is not fenced and
heavily patrolled, smuggling of sophisticated weaponry, RDX and other explosives
cannot be ruled out. Instances in the past indicated that ISI and anti-national
elements have successfully operated in parts of Rajasthan and instances of that
include the kidnapping in Jaipur of Shri Rajendra Mirdha, the son of former Union
Minister Shri Ram Niwas Mirdha, explosion at S.M.S. Stadium at Jaipur before the
Republic Day function in 1996 and bumb explosion in a bus at Samleti on National
Highway Number 11. There have been seizures of bumb explosive including RDX on the
international border and instances have come to notice when the criminal or anti-national
elements have operated successfully even in Jaipur. Thus although Punjab or J&K
may have passed through a phase of extremist militancy in the past decade, Rajasthan
has also been affected because of the proximity to a hostile neighbour. The State
Police has to be in full preparedness for facing the threats of trans-border aggression,
militancy, ISI threats, smuggling and narco-terrorism.