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Terror is biggest threat: PM

Terming terrorism a 'hydra-headed monster', PM ask the police forces to tackle this 'great danger' in a determined manner, reports Ashok Das.

india Updated: Oct 27, 2006 03:59 IST
Ashok Das
Ashok Das

Terming terrorism a “hydra-headed monster”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday asked the police forces to tackle this “great danger” in a determined manner.

“The most dangerous threat today is terrorism. From an occasional footnote, it has become a hydra-headed monster. There are several strains of terrorism present, and you will need to keep abreast of developments in tackling this great danger,” he said in his address at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, after inspecting the passing-out parade of the 58th batch of IPS probationers.

The Prime Minister said, “Today’s terrorists are most sophisticated and have transnational linkages and adequate resources… Knowledge and determination are required if we are to succeed against these elements.”

“Many of you are being posted to areas like the Northeast, J&K or states where Naxalites are active. The problems in these regions are different. The nuances of each situation have to be appreciated and skillfully dealt with. All this will demand sensitive handling of complicated situations on your part. Understand the reasons for disaffection and alienation and possibly, you will find some answers to your challenges. In the final analysis, see yourself as the guardian of all citizens. Try to bring the alienated back to the path laid down by law,” he said.

Singh said large urban agglomerations are throwing up organised crime in a manner not foreseen in the past. While white-collar crime is taking on new dimensions, traditional crimes too have become sophisticated. This requires knowledge of new disciplines and new ways of tackling such crime, the PM said.

First Published: Oct 27, 2006 03:59 IST