Saffron terror a cause of great concern: Pillai

Home Secretary G K Pillai on Friday said that saffron terror was a cause of "great concern" though its spread across the country was very limited at the moment.

New Delhi: Home Secretary G K Pillai on Friday
said that saffron terror was a cause of "great concern" though
its spread across the country was very limited at the moment.

Interacting with reporters at the Indian Women`s Press
Corps here, he said at the moment "it is something very
limited, but if it spreads, it is a matter of great concern".
He said that investigations were on in the Samjhauta
Express blast case, in which right-wing Hindu group `Abhinav
Bharat` activist Aseemanand is linked. Aseemanand is also an
accused in the Ajmer dargah blasts.

Amid an ethical debate on tapping of telephones, the
Home Ministry in consultation with the Finance Ministry will
shortly take a decision on whether the Central Board of Direct
Taxes should be taken off the list of agencies allowed to tap
telephones for investigative purposes.

He said the recommendation on whether CBDT should be
allowed or not has come from a panel looking into the phone
tapping issue, which is headed by the Cabinet Secretary.

"This issue of whether the CBDT, which came to be
authorised in 2006...whether they should be allowed or taken
off the list of agencies is a matter that has been left to the
Ministry of Home to take in consultation with the Ministry of
Finance," Pillai said.

"We will shortly take a decision on that."

The Home Secretary said that legally across the
country around 8,000-9,000 phones were being tapped, which
according to him was a very minuscule proportion of the total
number of telephones in India.
"A very large number of these are related to
terrorism," he said, adding if there is any illegal tapping
then that is where action has to be taken.

He said that the government was taking a series of
measures to see that at the level of service providers nothing
is being unauthorisedly tapped.

On providing security during elections in West Bengal,
Pillai said, in consultation with tbe Election Commission, "We
would provide adequate Central paramilitary forces in West
Bengal and we have also ensured that even before the
announcements are made, we have sent forces to the to able to
reduce the violence between either political parties or

He expressed hope that ULFA military chief Paresh
Barua, who has not joined peace talks with the government yet,
would come forward as he sees progress from talks being held
with other leaders.

The faction of ULFA, which is holding talks, will
submit a memorandum on their demands to the government after
the Assembly polls in Assam, he said.

On the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, Pillai said
that there is scope now for the state government to take a
political call on whether some areas should be removed from
the disturbed list. "That political call is overdue".

Pillai said that the Communal Violence Bill, which was
supposed to be tabled in this session of Parliament, has not
yet been cleared by the NAC and is likely to be sent to the
Home Ministry by March end.

On whether a clean chit has been given to Tibetan
spiritual leader Karmapa Lama, he said that a Buddhist
delegation had come to see him and said that they would give
in writing that by the end of March he would take steps to put
his "house in order".

The Home Secretary also appreciated the Orissa
government on the handling of the kidnapping of the Malkangiri
district collector V Krishna.

"Each case has to be handled on a case by case basis.
If you don`t do it you are criticised, if you do it then you
are criticised," he said on whether the prisoners should have
been released.

"I think the state government has done an extremely
well job," he said.