Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Terrorism, naxalite violence, JK to figure in CM's meet

New Delhi (PTI): Growing naxalite violence, incidents of terrorism and the overall situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the north east will come under the scanner at the meeting of Chief Ministers on internal security here on Thursday.

The day-long meeting, to be chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, will also focus on the large number of vacancies in the state police and the need for better intelligence gathering, Home Ministry sources on Tuesday said.

With both the Prime Minister and Home Minister Shivraj Patil repeatedly emphasising the need for better training to police personnel and strengthening of special branches, the Chief Ministers would be told to take action in these areas.

The meeting comes in the backdrop of a series of terror attacks, the latest being the serial blasts in three Uttar Pradesh towns last month. In October, militants had exploded a bomb in the famous Dargah Sharif in Ajmer and soon afterwards a cinema hall was attacked in Ludhiana.

Patil, who had alerted that militants might target innocent people in crowded and religious places, is likely to tell the Chief Ministers to take the advisory seriously.

Since these incidents have trans-border links and inter-state dimensions, both Singh and Patil might speak on having a federal crime agency.

The situation in the north-east, especially the tribal upsurge in Assam and fresh incidents of insurgent attacks, are also likely to figure prominently at the meet.

Sources said there has been a "slight decrease" in infiltration from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir till October this year compared to corresponding period last year because of effective border management.

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