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Ground level intelligence network an imperative: 26/11 panel chief

mumbai Updated: Jul 17, 2011 12:37 IST

The spate of terror attacks have underlined the need to develop a ground level intelligence network, former union home secretary Ram Pradhan, who headed the probe panel into the 26/11 terror attacks, has said.

"We need to develop ground level intelligence network, not the intelligence that we get from agencies like IB or RAW. We have to develop a pedestrian network, which was our strength in the past, when the beat cop knew his area and the people living there," Pradhan told Marathi TV channel IBN-Lokmat.

He said that terror attacks on Mumbai are inevitable and the way terrorism is being exported from neighouring countries, it should be assumed that Delhi and Mumbai will always be the prime targets (for such attacks). "We should not forget that," he said.

Pradhan, former Governor and V Balachandran, a retired IPS officer, were asked by the Maharashtra government to probe the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks to find what went wrong with the police and the administrative response.

"It has been over a year since we submitted the report to the government, but no one (from government) has bothered to discuss it with us," he added. "Somebody asked me why Mumbai was attacked. It is quite obvious. Because Mumbai is an international city. The motive of terrorists is to make maximum impact. Going by the reaction on TV, there is unrest among people, Pradhan said.

"There is a feeling that the government has not learnt anything (from 26/11 attacks)," he said. The basic job of the home department is to protect life and property, he added.