Kohima: Over two weeks after Arunachal Pradesh announced the launch of a ‘tourist police’ unit, neighbouring Nagaland is following suit, especially aiming at the visitors who are going to flock the state around Hornbill Festival from December 1 to 10.
The Nagaland government announced that in the wake of rising tourist footfall during the festival, the special unit of the police will be trained to impart knowledge about Naga culture to the visitors.
As part of the initiative, around 100 police personnel from the state force will be specially trained in association with the state tourism department.
A senior police official said, “The number of both foreign and domestic tourists to the state has increased substantially over the years and it was about time that such a force was launched to ensure security for them. Many foreign tourists prefer to visit various places, and in such a situation, for the state police to look after every tourist can be difficult.”
Earlier this month, in a bid to make Arunachal Pradesh tourism-friendly, chief minister Pema Khandu had launched a similar unit of tourist police in the state.