With investigations into the Mumbai serial train blasts pointing towards a Pakistani hand, the Maharashtra Government's view that the recent terror trend was part of Islamabad-sponsored jehadi terrorism stands vindicated.
The jehadi terrorism involved "luring and training" of a large number of Muslim youth by Pakistan and using Bangladesh and Nepal as active transit routes as part of a design to engulf India into the arc of violence, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had told the just concluded Nainital conclave.
In his presentation at the Congress Chief Ministers's meet, Deshmukh had underlined the need for a declared anti-terror policy as also "mainstreaming" of the minorities, education, intervention and handling of illegal migration problem.
Besides, he had spoken about measures to streamline internal migration because of "skewed development" in the country, an obvious reference to backwardness of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar from where streams of people come to Mumbai.
To deal with the situation, Deshmukh had suggested provision of police custody of 45 days in terror crimes as also provision of filing chargesheet within 180 days instead of 90 days at present.
Besides special courts for prosecution of such crimes, he also wanted a provision for recording of confession by designated police officer to be confirmed before a judicial magistrate.
Maharashtra has been affected by terrorism since 1984 and the recent incidents include the bomb blast in Nanded in Marathwada region on April 6 and the Malegaon blasts last month besides the Mumbai attack.