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PM to chair CMs meet on internal security on Aug 17

Last Updated: Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 22:56

New Delhi: Naxal violence, activities of
Pakistan-based terror outfits and situation in Jammu and
Kashmir as well as the Northeast will dominate the day-long
conference of all Chief Ministers convened here on August 17.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who will chair the
meeting, is expected to hold threadbare discussions with the
Chief Ministers on the country`s security situation and
measures to be adopted to maintain law and order.

A separate meeting of Chief Ministers of seven Naxal
affected states will also be held later in the day to
specifically discuss the situation arising out of Maoists

The conference will review the information collection
system -- both technical and human intelligence -- its proper
sharing and necessary action, modernisation of police forces,
procurement of arms and ammunitions, filling up of vacancies
besides providing training to security forces.

"Naxal menace is primarily indigenous and home grown.
Terrorism, on the other hand, is largely sponsored from
outside the country, mainly Pakistan, which has utilised
terrorism as an instrument of State policy. The meeting will
take note of all these issues," a Home Ministry official said.

The recent pattern of terrorist incidents also
suggested that increasingly the attacks have a pan-Indian and
trans-national aspect and the terrorists have been able to
employ new skills, including modern communications skills.

Use of Internet and Voice Over Internet Protocol
connectivity gives terrorists greater anonymity and makes
detection difficult for the authorities.

"The meeting is expected to focus on the technological
upgradation of all police forces and on how the central
government can help the states," the official said.

In the last conference of the Chief Ministers on
January 6, the Prime Minister had accused Pakistan of
utilising terrorism as an instrument of state policy and said
given the "sophistication and military precision" of the
Mumbai terror attacks, they must have had the support of some
official agencies in that country.

He had said those incharge of terrorist infrastructure
in Pakistan have resorted to other stratagems to push in
terrorists into India via Nepal and Bangladesh though
infiltration has not totally ceased via the Line of Control

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 22:56
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