No specific security threat to CWG: Pillai
Union Home Secretary G K Pillai today ruled out any specific security threat to forthcoming Delhi Commonwealth Games to be held nextmonth.india Updated: Sep 06, 2010 22:56 IST
Union Home Secretary G K Pillai on Monday ruled out any specific security threat to forthcoming Delhi Commonwealth Games to be held nextmonth.
The acquiring of para gliders by Lashkar-e-Toiba has come to the notice of Centre, but it did not cause any direct threat to CWG, Pillai told reporters in New Delhi on Monday.
Asserting that Centre was not concerned with the acquring of para gliders by LeT, Pillai said to ensure fullproof security during the games,government would take all necessary steps.
To a question on the standoff between BlackBerry and Union government, Pillai said Blackberry has made available some of its features to Centre. They have agreed to provide more,he said adding 'Centre asked for company's data services considering national security", he said.
'It is a must for monitoring some messages. But, that does not mean that we are watching all messages and data', he added.
Pillai,who reviewed the Centre sponored state police force modernisation schemes during a meeting with DGP Jacob Punose and other officials, said grwoth of religious fundamentalism in Kerala has become become a matter of concern.
"Kerala is a state known for communal harmony and any threat to it will have very adverse consequences", he said.
However, he said state government was wellaware of the situation and was taking necessary steps to combat the same.
Centre was closely watching the activities of Popular Front of India (PFI), whose members were allegedly reposnible for chopping of the hand of college lecturer T J Joseph, Pillai said.
'Some elements in the outfit are with extremist ideas though many others in the organisationare not aware of this, he said.
Asked about the question of banning PFI, Pillai said that they have not come under the 'unlawfull activities' parameters. At present there was no move to ban the outfit, he added.
On the existence of maoist in Kerala, Pillai said Maoist were active in Waynad, the northern part of the state.However, he said their activities were not confined to Waynad alone.
'We have information about setting up front organisatins by maoist'", Pillai said. State government was aware of this and was capable to deal with the situation, he said.
On the release of three police personnel kidnapped by Maoists in Bihar, Pillai said the entire matter was handled by the state government. Centre primarily provided sharing of intellgience information and other logistic support, he said.
'The steps of the state government are supported by the centre', he added.
First Published: Sep 06, 2010 22:54 IST