New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday
disagreed with Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit that
multiplicity of agencies hampered action against terror,
saying no single body can alone handle internal and external
intelligence, policing and counter terrorism.
He also dismissed Delhi LG Tejinder Khanna`s claim that
there was no actionable intelligence to the Delhi Police about
possible terror strike in the national capital.
"That is not correct. In any country the security
establishment has many organisations. In the US, there is FBI,
there is CIA...there is NCTC. In UK, there is Scotland Yard...
there is Constabulary...there is MI 5, there is MI 6.
"There is no way one agency can handle internal
intelligence and external intelligence, policing, counter
terrorism. That is simply not possible," he said replying to a
question about Dikshit speaking about problem of multiplicity
of agencies functioning in the capital city.
The Home Minister said the Delhi chief minister may have
mentioned multifarious functions that have to come together.
"For example, PWD tendering process for CCTV, there is
another organisation which has to install CCTV. What she was
mentioning was that different organisations have to come
together to perform different functions so as to execute the
project. That is absolutely true. But the art of leadership is
to bring all these organisations together and make them work
together," he said.
Referring to Khanna`s remarks that he did not receive any
intelligence input about the possibility of any terror attack,
Chidambaram said "I don`t know whether all inputs reach LG".
"I have a copy of the intelligence inputs that was shared
with Delhi Police. I have read it myself. Intelligence will
never be an invitation card. It does not describe date, time
and place. Intelligence can be only a broad indication.