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Legal cover for anti-terror jobs sought

The IB Chief says it is time to 'revisit' the strategy to counter terrorism as it's the biggest challenge for the country.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 15:50 IST

Security personnel engaged in counter-terrorism operations have got a strong support from Intelligence Bureau Chief ESL Narisimhan who pushed for legal protection for them.

"How do you deal with cases when successful Fidayeen attacks are foiled by police. Questions are still raised," Narisimhan said in his welcome address at the annual conference of Directors Generals and Inspectors General of Police in New Delhi.

"We need to find answers to these issues as national counter terror strategy suffers immensely when officers and men who put at stake everything in protecting society, find themselves helpless facing legal and extra-legal campaign in the subsequent period when threats are receded," he said at the function where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the chief guest.

Favouring a need to create awareness regarding cross-border terrorism and its complex intertwined support, he said adequate legal protection to the officers and men involved to counter terrorism would be essential "if we have to face these challenges."

The IB Chief said that it was a time to "revisit" the strategy to counter terrorism as the country faced greatest challenges from terrorists.

First Published: Nov 23, 2006 15:50 IST