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Criminals beware! Bond girls on the prowl in Punjab.

IAN Fleming's James Bond may have been a figment of his imagination, but his female counterparts in Punjab are very much for real.

While these 15 girls, part of a cadre the Punjab Police raised recently to counter terror activities, drug peddling and human trafficking, may not have the license to kill, Q would have been happier lending out his magic gadgets to this smart set. The famed 007 is infamous for handling the inventor's creations roughly.

Earlier, men and women were culled from the police force to join the intelligence wing on deputation. But they did not have training in surveillance and spying to uncover illegal activities under cover -- the primary function of this cadre.

Confirming the move, V. K. Bhawra, inspector general of police ( intelligence) said this was the first time Punjab had a separate cadre of trained professionals who will provide intelligence inputs to the state police.

A large number of girls responded to an advertisement issued by the government for intelligence officers. The government had raised the minimum qualification to graduation for this delicate task.

The girls completed their training with 38 male counterparts in the first week of January. What's more, they beat the men to bag the all- round trophy for performance during training.

" I am trying to live up to the expectations of my father, a retired army man. He wanted me to serve the nation and make him proud," Amarjit Kaur, who was declared the best recruit following the training, said. The science graduate was also the parade commander.

In addition to police training, they were also taught minute details of undercover operations, Bhawra said.

The police have high expectations from the cadre because many of the recruits surpass the prescribed minimum qualification.

Some of them have post graduate degrees in information technology, humanities, education and computer applications.

One of them, Amandeep Kaur, an MSc in IT, who was adjudged the second best indoor cadet, said she had fulfilled her dream of joining the intelligence services. " I wanted to do something challenging in life," she said.

" They are well qualified and smart girls and are trained to handle any sensitive situation on their own," the IG added.

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Date:Jan 14, 2011
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