Human Rights

NIA to expand its ambit soon

India’s nodal terror probe agency National Investigation Agency established in 2008 in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks is likely to expand its wings soon. In a first-ever expansion after its inception the government has decided to create three more offices in Lucknow, Kochi and Mumbai and at the same time to increase its strength to 900 from existing 400 personnel.   Headquarter of NIA is in New Delhi including two branch offices in Guwahati and Hyderabad and a sub office in Mumbai.  Presently, the NIA’s staff strength is around 400 personnel which include one Director General, one Special Director General, two Inspector Generals, eight Deputy Inspector Generals and 14 SPs. The new posts that are to be created will include IGs, DIGs and SPs. NIA has so far taken up 28 cases. The major cases the NIA is probing include the 7 September blast near the Delhi High Court, the 2006 and 2007 blasts in Malegaon and 2007 blast in Ajmer Sharif Dargah.

MG News Desk

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

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