PM calls for stronger intelligence, investigation and prosecution

September 28th, 2008 - 7:46 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh

By Naveen Kapoor
Onboard Air India One, Sept 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has admitted the fallacies in the system to combat terrorism and stressed on the need for stronger intelligence, prosecution and investigation.
Expressing deep shock and anger against the latest terrorist attack in Mehrauli in Delhi, which killed one child and injured several others he called for reforming the system.
He was addressing a press conference on his way to Mersille from New York, where the Prime Minister is schedule to attend India European Union (EU) summit later.
Dr. Singh refused to name any particular terrorist organization and said, I have been out of the country, it is most unfortunate that this blast has taken place. It is not possible for me from this distance to comment on who is responsible for this outrage. But we have to further tighten our intelligence, strengthen our investigation and prosecution process. We cannot give up the war against terror and we will fight with resoluteness, which is necessary to deal with this menace.
The Prime Minister had earlier indicated that he is pondering over bringing a stringent anti-terror law, which has remained a constant demand from the opposition.
Dr. Singh has also formed a committee and has asked to look into the recommendations made by the Administrative Reforms Committee led by Congress spokesperson Veerappa Moily which has asked the Government to bring tougher anti-terrorism laws.
Highly placed sources in the Government have Asian News International (ANI) that the Prime Minister has discussed the issue of terrorism with US President George W. Bush at length.
In fact according to the sources, National Security Adviser M. K. Narayanan had a seven-hour long meeting with the United States Chief of Homeland Security.
US has not witness a single terrorist attack since September 11 (9/11) and the highly placed government sources admits that we have to learn this from them on this count.
Before leaving for ten-day US-France visit Manmohan Singh has convened a special session of Cabinet for tackling terrorism. The meeting suggested to create a separate Ministry on terrorism and it seems that after serial blasts in Delhi the pressure on the Prime Minister is rising to act fast and it is most likely that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government may make drastic changes in the way India is combating terrorism and ramping up of security apparatus has become inevitable. (ANI)

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