Warning that the terror threat has spread beyond Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday asked the security forces not to be complacent and adapt to "new requirements".
"Our government is determined to fight and root out terrorism and its ideologies that justify and seek to sustain it," Singh said in his address to the country's top police brass, who have gathered for a three-day Conference on Directors General and Inspectors General.
The Prime Minister's remarks came a day after Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil spoke of terror threats to country's vital installations.
Asking the security forces to counter the challenge of terrorism "comprehensively", the Prime Minister said, "No religion sanctions the killing of innocent citizens. We need a firm response from our security forces. We also need a resolute response from civil society and all our political parties."
He said terror in the country was no longer centered on the state of Jammu and Kashmir. "Attempts to take this threat to other parts of the country to create fear in the minds of our people are in evidence.
"By and large these attempts have remained unsuccessful...But there is no scope for complacency. Our security apparatus must be alert and resilient enough to meet the grave threats posed by terrorism to our polity and society." he said.