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Terror pockets increasing in UP

With rising numbers of ISI-backed sleeping modules, terror pockets have increased, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2006 16:40 IST

With rising numbers of ISI-backed sleeping modules the terror pockets have sharply increased in UP during the last few years.

With UP on terrorists' radar, there have been 42 cases after the demolition of Babri mosque in Ayodhya in 1992.

A report, prepared by additional director general (crime, law and order) Padman Singh, indicated that there had been terrorists’ related crimes in 17 districts in the state.

The affected districts are Meerut, Kheri, Lucknow, Aligarh, Gorakhpur, Agra, Jhansi, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Fatehpur, Rampur, Kanpur, Ghaziabad, Bijnor, Faizabad, Jaunpur and Varanasi. In fact, geographically, the terror groups have infiltrated in all the regions of the state.

Padman Singh has pointed out that recent trend demonstrated involvement of technically qualified or tech savvy youth for terrorists activities. He said trends also indicated ability to operate autonomously in small cells, deadly use of explosive devices, careful selection of soft and hard targets and willingness to inflict mass casualties.

He said counter terrorism measures would require political will, proper arrest, joint interrogation centers, intelligence gathering, increase in security personnel, high technology and unified command.

While Padman Singh’ report said that terrorists could be controlled by demonstrating "supreme excellence in breaking their resistance without fighting," the ADG (railways) VK Bhalla, who also presented report on terrorism at the officer’s conference here last week, said,"a drastic, but only solution to terrorism in India is next time Pakistan tries to repeat any activity like Kargil war, we should cross over LOC (line of control) and destroy the terrorists camps there".

Bhalla also lamented over the lack of coordination between different investigation agencies probing various terror attacks in the country. Hesaid that during the probe into the Shramjeevi train blast in February 2006, information about SIMI activists Ziauddin and Jalauddin of Phulwari Sharif was given to Maharashtra policebut "no action was taken till July 11, 2006 train bombings."

He said all terrorist-related cases should be probed by one single agency throughout the country. Bhalla said, "Terrorists activities had been noticed in places where there is a sizeable Muslim population."

He said terrorists working in the garb of SIMI and other fundamentalist organisations, had been exploiting poor Muslims through monetary inducement and religious sentiments.

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First Published: Nov 28, 2006 16:40 IST