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Intelligence told to spread its wings

WHILE PLANNING to beef up security arrangements in sensitive districts and around religious places in the aftermath of the Jama Masjid blasts in Delhi, the State Government has directed the police to strengthen intelligence network. Poor intelligence gathering has been causing concern for the government. The prevailing situation in intelligence wing indicated that it was ill-equipped to meet the challenges.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2006 01:46 IST
M Hasan

WHILE PLANNING to beef up security arrangements in sensitive districts and around religious places in the aftermath of the Jama Masjid blasts in Delhi, the State Government has directed the police to strengthen intelligence network.

Poor intelligence gathering has been causing concern for the government. The prevailing situation in intelligence wing indicated that it was ill-equipped to meet the challenges.

Even the collapse of police station-level intelligence gathering was amply reflected in the recent outbreak of communal violence in Aligarh. From Ayodhya to Aligarh, it was a long history of intelligence failure in the State.

While the Home Department had been quick in pointing out ‘intelligence failure’ after Ayodhya and Varanasi blasts, the government had done a precious little to improve the functioning in Intelligence. While those posted in intelligence are “frustrated, the functioning is very poor and unprofessional,” commented a senior IPS officer, who had a long stint in the department. He said that the officers of the department were disillusioned with the lack of infrastructure and basic facilities.

“The department is still being run on old hackneyed rules,” the officer said and added that while in other departments the officials were entitled to TA and DA for eight-km official tour, in intelligence, an official is paid for making journey of 32 km. The officer said that the state government, despite several representations, did not bother to amend the rule and improve Intelligence wing’s functioning.

There were also reports of alleged misuse of the wing’s ‘secret service funds’ by the Home Department. From earlier allocation of Rs 32 lakh, last year it had come down to Rs 14 lakh. Sources said, ‘buying intelligence’ was one of the important tools in intelligence gathering but in the absence of adequate funds, the work was affected.

Since the terrorists are using modern technology, the officials of the department feel that there was a need to upgrade the system and increase manpower. For the IPS officers, except the post of additional director general (Intelligence), the posting in the wing is a ‘punishment’.

Although it plays an important role in other fields, the wing has virtually turned into a ‘political intelligence gathering unit’ to suit various political leaders and their parties.