‘Intnl terrorists targeting foreigners in India’

Last Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 18:26

New Delhi: The attack on an Israeli diplomat`s vehicle here in February was indicative that India will not be spared by international terrorists seeking to attack foreigners in the country, Intelligence Bureau Chief Nehchal Sandhu said here on Thursday.

Speaking at the inauguration of three-day Directors General and Inspectors General of Police conference, Sandhu, the senior-most IPS officer of the country, said the February 13 bombing also brings to fore the need for being sensitive to the trends developing in the sphere of international terrorism.

"The attack on the Israeli vehicle with an innovated fabricated IED in Delhi on February 13 this year indicates that India will not be spared by the international terrorists seeking to attack non-Indian targets on Indian soil.

"This incident brings to the fore the need to be sensitive to the trends developing in the sphere of international terrorism," Sandhu said.

About recent arrests of terror suspects in Karnataka, the IB chief said the ongoing investigations in Bangalore which has led to the arrest of more than a dozen persons "reveals the vulnerability of our youths" to get engaged by radical elements.

"De-radicalisation policies should be initiated with state governments to prevent such youths from going astray," he said.

Sandhu said effective policing and intelligence gathering had thwarted many attempts of Lashker-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed terror organisations to infiltrate terrorists and hardware into the country especially into the hinterland.

Referring to recent violence in Assam, he said "most recently we witnessed the escalation of ethnic tensions in some districts of lower Assam due to violence which took many lives. The incident has left a distrust that remains deep seated.

"This situation had its repercussions in every part of the country as more than 3.5 lakh people from southern and western states of the country were displaced", Sandhu said referring to exodus of northeasterners from Pune, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

He said "the issue should make us rework a strategy of maintaining a continuous track of inter-community relations and nurture healthy relations".

In this, a related scenario emerged whereby people sitting far off flared the tension through circulation of malicious contents on the Internet, he said.

"This calls for a strong case for police forces who not only need to act on those posting these contents but also involved in the conspiracy behind such postings," the Intelligence Bureau Chief said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 18:26

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