UNION MINISTER of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal said here on Tuesday that State Governments must strengthen and reinforce their intelligence gathering agencies to tackle the growing menace of terrorism.
Talking to newspersons here, Jaiswal said recent blasts in temples and mosques clearly indicate the design of terrorist outfits and their patrons to disturb communal harmony in the country.
He further said law and order being a State subject did not allow the Centre to directly interfere in any State in the matter but the Centre has been prompt to provide all possible help including para military forces and weapons to tackle terrorism and naxalism.
He further said States should strengthen their intelligence gathering network and take it to the police station level to meet the challenge.
On Naxalism, he said states concerned should work on a two-pronged strategy to tackle menace. They should work towards development of areas affected by Naxalism and at the same time use force to deter the Naxalites, who for their vested interests do not allow developmental activities to take place in the areas of their influence.
Giving the example of Andhra Pradesh in this context, he said once the State most-affected by Naxal menace, it had been able to control the menace to a large extent in the recent past.