AIATF seeks uniform policy to counter terrorism
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 17:47
  
Bhubaneswar: Seeking a uniform policy to counter terrorism, the All India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) on Tuesday said central intelligence agencies should be given freedom in their operations so that elusive gangsters like Dawood Ibrahim are captured.

The issue was raised by the Front's chairman M S Bitta while addressing a media conference here along with Ruksana, who had killed a Lashkar-e-Taiba commander in September last year.

Demanding absolute autonomy for CBI, IB and RAW, Bitta said Dawood Ibrahim could also be booked if central agencies were given freedom at least in their operations.

"I am sure Dawood could be booked if the CBI was given absolute freedom," he said.

Expressing concern over the delay in execution of capital punishment orders against terrorists, Bitta said there was no point in shielding Afzal Guru and Kasab.

"Terrorists have no religion. Execution of court orders should not be delayed in case of Afzal or others," he said.

There should be no mercy for people who indulged in terror acts, he said, while blaming "vote bank politics" as the major hurdle in the fight against terrorism.

Bitta also asked the Centre to convene an all-party meeting to chalk out a policy on countering terrorism.

While lauding Home Minister P Chadambaram, the AIATF demanded opening of a new ministry to look after the welfare of terror-hit families, which mostly comprised of those from the army.

"It is primary responsibility of the central government to rehabilitate the families of jawans who laid down their lives while fighting against terrorists," he added.

Bitta also asked the Centre to convene an all-party meeting to chalk out a policy on countering terrorism. While lauding Home Minister P Chadambaram, the AIATF demanded opening of a new ministry to look after the welfare of terror-hit families, which mostly comprised of those from the army.

"It is primary responsibility of the central government to rehabilitate the families of jawans who laid down their lives while fighting against terrorists," he added.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 17:47


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