‘Deal with Saffron terror sternly’: PC

New Delhi: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on 3 August asked security forces to deal with right-wing terror (Hindutva) groups “sternly and fearlessly”. “The security establishment must treat it as a security issue, must improve its intelligence-gathering capacity and must deal with these groups fearlessly and sternly” home minister said adding that the civil society, must deal with the causes of provocation which gives rise to enemies within.

Speaking at function to release the book Indian Mujahideen: The Enemy Within, written by Shishir Gupta, a journalist with The Indian Express, Chidambaram said: “There is another group which is radicalising... the right-wing extremist terrorist groups. That also deserves to be researched and studied”.

He said that they were radicalising right wing youths in the same manner that ‘SIMI and IM have been radicalised’.

Referring to the saffron terror, Chidambaram said: “Actually, we do not have one enemy within today, we have two enemies within and hope there will not be a third or a fourth or fifth”.

Speaking on the occasion senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, said the US had not witnessed a single terrorist attack since 9/11. But Chidambaram rebutted it saying it was factually wrong to say so. “It is a documented fact... The Fort Hood shooting was a terror attack in which a radicalised person killed 13 people,” he said.

Home minister said that Internet was being used to radicalise youths. “That’s because of mobility, the use of communication. The use of travel, above all, is a completely new phenomenon. Radicalisation no longer takes place face to face. Most terrorists today are radicalised through Internet. There are any number of recent examples where a terrorist has been radicalised through Internet,” he said.
MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 August 2011 on page no. 11

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