Saturday, February 13, 2010

Indian assets abroad in terror crosshairs: NSG

Dipak Kumar Dash, TNN, 11 February 2010, 04:04am IST

(Gurgaon): India may have had a relatively quiet 2009 on the terror front, but the lack of success could propel terror operatives to target Indian assets abroad. No less than NPS Aulakh, the director-general of the National Security Guard, issued this alert on Tuesday.

Addressing a seminar on national 'Counter-IED Paradigm Intelligence, Strategy and Technology' here, Aulakh said the nation's sensitive economic offshore assets and entities owned by big Indian corporate houses abroad are vulnerable targets.

The NSG head also said terror groups had acquired the capability to plan and execute attacks across countries. "The arrest of David Headley and Tahawwur Rana showed how operational planning, and not just terror logistics, has been decentralised by terrorists," he said.

Meanwhile, country-wide data compiled by the NSG's National Bomb Data Centre reveals that while the number of incidents of bombings has gone down in the past two years in Jammu & Kashmir, it has risen sharply in the Naxal-infested states. There were 79 blasts in J&K in 2009 (till December 15), compared to 103 the previous year. However, in the case of Naxalite-affected Jharkhand, there were 62 blasts in 2009 against only 21 in 2008.

Other states battling Naxalites have also registered a similar upturn. Bihar witnessed 44 blasts in 2009 against only 21 the previous year and the number increased from 13 to 34 in West Bengal and 13 to 30 in Orissa over the corresponding period. Chhattisgarh was the only exception among states facing the brunt of the Naxalites. There was also a remarkable decline in bombing incidents in the north-eastern states — Manipur, Assam and Tripura.

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