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800 terror modules busted in India: NSA

National Security Adviser MK Narayanan says in an interview that as many as 800 terror modules were “disrupted” in the country over the past four years.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2008 00:19 IST

As many as 800 terror modules were "disrupted" in the country over the past four years, National Security Advisor MK Narayanan revealed in an interview published on Tuesday.

Narayanan told The Straits Times of Singapore that Indian intelligence was looking for a local mastermind behind the recent blasts in the country. "Clearly, there is some kind of an organisation."

<b1>"When you disrupt one of them (terror modules), we don’t go public. Press will call it a publicity stunt. Obviously, some are getting away and there are quite a few under the scanner at the moment," he said.

"What is the evidence?” asks Satish Chandra, former deputy national security advisor. "It (the claim) doesn’t jell with the extent of terror India is facing,” Chandra felt.

Narayanan said it was "difficult to say locals are not involved" in the blasts that shook Jaipur, Bangalore and Ahmedabad. "In Jaipur, cycles used for blasts were bought from a series of shops. The extent to which locals are involved, whether they are mercenaries…is what we are trying to unravel."

Former Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal felt the NSA’s statement was not wrong. "You can’t eliminate the menace of terrorism, but India needs a national consensus on how to deal with the problem."

Narayanan also pointed to the difficulties that might arise while dealing with terrorist elements in a country like India.

"We are trying to (tackle extremists) as democratically as possible despite occasional complaints of targeting of minorities or profiling of people. Certainly no profiling is taking place," he asserted.

Narayanan said enforcement agencies needed more support at the ground level. "Quite clearly a number of bombs are being planted, some of it can be detected. The degree of support is not forthcoming in some areas. We are against much more."

All over the world, he stressed, there was an increasing level of terror as well as sophistication of methodology and triggering devices. All this indicated that many more "high-grade people" were involved in acts of terrorism, Narayanan added.