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Be firm yet sensitive while tackling terror: PM

As many as 21 terror modules have been neutralised and 64 militants arrested since the beginning of 2011, Union home minister P Chidambaram said at the chief ministers’ conference on internal security on Monday.

delhi Updated: Apr 20, 2012 01:23 IST
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As many as 21 terror modules have been neutralised and 64 militants arrested since the beginning of 2011, Union home minister P Chidambaram said at the chief ministers’ conference on internal security on Monday.

Highlighting the continual trend of home-grown jehadis with no prior criminal backgrounds carrying out terror attacks, he noted that principal suspects in two major terror strikes — the Mumbai serial blasts and Delhi high court blast — were Indian nationals.

Without referring to the recent acrimony on the creation of a National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), the home minister stressed on the need for joint efforts by Central as well as state anti-terror mechanisms.

“I wish to underline the fact that one-half of the cases were cracked through the joint efforts of the central agencies and state police concerned. This is the reality. At the operational level, there is no conflict between the central agencies and the state police forces,” said Chidambaram.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh touched upon another aspect of the challenge, emphasising on the need for a combination of sensitivity and firmness while dealing with threats from terrorists, left-wing extremists, religious fundamentalists and propagators of ethnic strife, during his address.

“When we see turbulence in the region and growing factors of instability around us, we must strengthen our defences against terrorism,” Singh said.