PM pats NIA, HM for exposing new faces of terror

New Delhi: Without mentioning Hindutva terror groups found involved of late in various terror blasts in the country, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on 1 February patted the National Investigative Agency (NIA) for “unraveling the activities of new terror groups.” NIA was raised after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. “I am happy to note that the National Investigative Agency, that was raised after the 26/11 terror attack gained much ground in unearthing the fake indian currency Notes networks operating from across our borders and in unraveling the activities of new terror groups,” said the PM while delivering the inaugural address at the Chief Ministers’ Conference on Internal Security here. The PM also complimented Union Home Minister P Chidambaram - who took charge from Shivraj Patil after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack of 2008 - and his team “for their proactive role in matters of internal security.”

Working mostly on the leads provided by slain Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare in the September 2008 Malegaon blast case, Chidambaram and his team - NIA, CBI and intelligence agencies that had earlier carried out biased terror probes - nabbed several Hindutva terrorists influenced and trained by still free Abhinav Bharat extremist group. Karkare had arrested group’s hardcore members Col Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya and others for the September 2008 blast in the Muslim dominated Maharashtra town of Malegaon. Later on many others from the same group and RSS were arrested in Ajmer Dargah blast and Mecca Masjid blast cases. And now RSS pracharak and terror mastermind Swami Aseemanand has confessed his role and the involvement of many other Sanghi terrorists in the blasts at Mecca Masjid, Malegaon serial blasts of 2006, Ajmer Dargah and Samjhauta Express.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 21

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