In the absence of consensus over a federal investigating agency, the Union home ministry has decided to introduce quarterly reviews of all terrorist cases being investigated by state police.
The move to have frequent meetings of the senior police officers was part of central efforts to improve the quality of monitoring of the cases in Delhi, a Union home ministry official said on Monday.
The meetings would also serve as a forum for enhancing cooperation, not only between the state police and central agencies but also among states.
One of the advantages of a federal agency would have been that one agency would have been familiar with the nuts and bolts of all terrorist cases, that are linked to each other. “This system of frequent and intensive reviews is aimed at filling this knowledge gap that exists among agencies,” the official said.
The emphasis on investigation flows from the realisation in Delhi that the key to effectively handling of terrorism was not just actionable intelligence but also credible investigation and the successful prosecution of the accused.
It is a point that Union home minister Shivraj Patil had also made during his meetings with senior officials on Sunday after the Ahmedabad blasts.
Patil has been asking state governments to shed their reluctance to let central agencies take over investigations of important cases to improve the possibility of bringing to book perpetrators of terror attacks like the ones witnessed in Bangalore and Ahmedbad over the weekend.