Centre warns police officers on `premature exposure` of intel

Home Minister Sushilkumar said there were increasing evidence of terrorists using cyber-space domain.

Updated: Sep 06, 2012, 20:18 PM IST

New Delhi: Government on Thursday warned senior police officers working both at the Centre and in states to avoid premature exposure of threat related intelligence inputs to media and asked them to be firmly focused on identifying the perpetrators.

Inaugurating the annual conference of DGPs or IGPs here on Thursday, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that threat related intelligence should be "carefully handled and worked upon diligently and discreetly".

"Premature exposure of such intelligence can retard and even defeat the possibility of interdiction. Similarly, revealing of clues as collected by painstaking investigations to the print and electronic media alerts other conspirators and blunts the momentum of investigations.

"Lastly, effectiveness of novel techniques evolved by investigators is also quickly eroded by the indiscriminate disclosure of specifics in the public domain. Investigations must remain firmly focused on identifying precisely the perpetrators," he said.

The Home Minister asked the police officers, tasked with maintaining law and order and handling intelligence related to internal security matters, to redouble their efforts in tracing and arresting the terrorists at large.

"There remain some cases like the serial blasts in Mumbai in mid-July 2011 and the blasts outside Delhi High Court in September 2011, wherein many perpetrators have so far managed to evade arrest.

"I would, therefore, call upon you to redouble your efforts for locating and apprehending such absconders so that the terrorist thrust can be blunted. It is my strong belief that every element of the security apparatus will strive hard for achieving these objectives we have in mind," Shinde said.

The Home Minister said there were increasing evidence of terrorists using cyber-space domain.

"The recent incidents in Bengaluru in Karnataka, Pune in Maharashtra and other states of India where motivated rumours and irresponsible use of the social networking media posed a new challenge," he said.

Ministers of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mullappally Ramachandran and Jitendra Singh; Directors General and Inspectors General of Police of the States and the Union Territories; chiefs of central police organisations and other senior officials were present during the conference.