Mumbai: Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil on Thursday supported the UPA government`s controversial proposal to set up National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), saying that a united effort was necessary to counter terrorism, even at the
expense of powers of the states.
Patil belongs to Sharad Pawar-led NCP, which is a part of
UPA at the Centre, and is in coalition with Congress in the
Replying to a debate in the Legislative Assembly on
Tuesday`s Naxal attack in Gadchiroli district in which 12 CRPF
jawans were killed, Patil said the NCTC was being opposed by
certain states on the ground that it would infringe on states`
But, he stated, "I would say that even if it is so, NCTC
is the need of the hour when the country is facing security
threats from within as well as from outside."
He also said that "the state home minister should not be
made a scapegoat if there is any (terror) incident".
The Home Minister said Tuesday`s Naxal attack was the
biggest in Maharashtra in the last two years. Since 2007,
there had been 519 Naxal attacks in the state, in which 239
persons including policemen lost lives.
"The Naxal threat is growing every year and it is a cause
of concern," he said.
Patil conceded that there were problems in the
implementation of standard operating procedures, which led to
the Tuesday`s tragedy.