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Govt plans stronger intelligence

india Updated: Aug 09, 2008 00:18 IST
Aloke Tikku
Aloke Tikku
Hindustan Times
Govt plans stronger intelligence

Rattled by the recent string of serial blasts, the home ministry will launch a special plan to strengthen intelligence wings of the state police within a month and take forward the general consensus at the meeting of police chiefs to let a central investigating agency inquire into important cases.

“We have discussed the issue of strengthening the intelligence gathering mechanism. The Central government is working on a plan — Special Scheme of Intelligence — which will be launched within a month,” Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta said at the end of a day-long meeting of senior police and civil officials of all states.

Gupta also said there was general consensus on letting a central agency take over investigation of important cases which impact on national security in consultation with the states concerned.

The conference was convened in the backdrop of recent serial blasts in Ahmedabad and Bangalore to emphasise on state governments to focus on the intelligence wings and call for intensive investigation and analysis of fake currency rackets busted in the state.

“We have also discussed several issues, particularly policing in metros. How the security arrangement can be strengthened by using CCTV cameras and their monitoring for surveillance, detection, preventive measures and in many cases for subsequent investigating process,” he said.