Canada unveils Air India anti-terror plan

Toews called the plan a "roadmap" for counter- terrorism and said it will improve co-operation between national security agencies and police.

Toronto: Canada on Tuesday unveiled its `Air
India action plan`, designed to prevent disasters like that of
the Kanishka bombing that killed all 329 people, the worst
mass murder in the country`s history.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and
Citizenship Minister Jason Kenney announced the plan in
Ottawaa.

Toews called the plan a "roadmap" for counter-
terrorism and said it will improve co-operation between
national security agencies and police.

He said the plan would encourage the development of
technology to increase the sharing of information between
security organisations, examine ways to improve how security
intelligence is collected and retained and how that
information can be used in criminal prosecutions.

"While the action plan provides a roadmap going
forward, it should be noted that our government is already
taking action in many areas," Toews said.

He said: "We recently introduced legislation to reform
so-called mega-trials, giving judges stronger control of
proceedings and ensuring greater success in prosecuting
terrorist-related crimes."

The plan will also strengthen security at airports,
modify the federal witness protection programme and put more
resources toward combating the financing of extremist groups.

Sikh extremists planted the suitcase bomb that brought
down Air India Flight 182 off the Irish coast on June 23,
1985, killing all 329 people on board.

The luggage made its way from Vancouver to Toronto and
then Montreal, destined for London`s Heathrow Airport.

A separate suitcase bomb intended for a second Air
India flight killed two Japanese baggage handlers at Tokyo`s
Narita airport the same day.

PTI

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