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Partisan politics may stall NCTC proposal at CMs` meet

Politics is likely to come in the way of setting up of the much-touted NCTC as the states ruled by opposition parties may red flag the anti-terror hub proposal despite government diluting most of its controversial provisions.



New Delhi: Politics is likely to come in the way of setting up of the much-touted NCTC as the states ruled by opposition parties may red flag the anti-terror hub proposal despite government diluting most of its controversial provisions.

The Home Ministry des not have high hopes of gettting support of all states to the modified version of the National Counter Terrorism Centre to be discussed at tomorrow`s conference of Chief Ministers on internal security here.

"The opposition to NCTC is completely political. Following objections, we have proposed to completely detach the NCTC from the ambit of Intelligence Bureau and no operation will be carried out without taking state into confidence. But still, we are not having high hopes," a senior official said.

According to the draft executive order -- the National Counter Terrorism Centre (Organisations, Functions, powers and Duties) Order, 2013 --, the NCTC will work directly under the Home Ministry and not the IB as proposed earlier.

The head of the NCTC will be called Director NCTC and will be an officer in the rank of Director General of Police who is report to the Home Secretary.

"Where a terrorist or a terror group is identified or located, operations against them would be carried out through or in conjunction with state police.

"Where services of special forces are required to assist the state police for any operation, the NCTC shall have the authority to requisition the special forces," the draft executive order says.

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