Probe by multiple agencies hampers investigation process

Multiple agencies investigating terror incidence complicates it further. Five different investigating agencies are probing six cases of terror attacks carried by activists associated with the RSS. Agencies are finding it difficult to untangle cross connection and complexity of the cases. In this regard there have been demands from various sides to club all such cases under one investigative agency like NIA in order to expedite investigating process.

Home Minister P Chidambaram talking to reporters on 10 February at Indore said that the NIA might get the responsibility to investigate all seven cases concerning Hindu terrorism. All the terror incidents from the year 2006 to 2008 like the Malegoan blast, Mecca Masjid, Ajmer Sharif, Modasa and Samjhauta blast and also murder of Sunil Joshi are being jointly probed by the CBI, Rajasthan Police, Maharashtra Police and the National Investigative Agency (NIA).

Digvijay Singh, AICC general secretary has earlier opined to hand over all terror attack cases from across the country to a single probe agency. Digvijay Singh said, "This will ensure better and speedy investigations as the accused have common links, like being Sangh members." He also said that the trial of these blast cases to be held at one place in a single court. CBI and the Rajasthan police had earlier decided that they would not arrest anyone unless and until all of them are traced. But Rajasthan police ignored the pact with the CBI and abruptly picked up Devinder Gupta on 30 April 2010.

In BJP ruled state Madhya Pradesh police arrested Anand Kataria and Vasudev Parmar in connection with Joshi killing but denied the CBI access to them. NIA in order to expand its horizon is planning to establish new centres in Guwahati and Mumbai. Prakash Mishra, additional director general of the NIA said, "We have sent a proposal to the MHA for setting up a centre at Guwahati. The NIA is investigating several cases in the northeast and our presence is required there as every time an officer has to be sent from Delhi, Initially, the centres will be helped by officers from Delhi and then we will try to put more people on the job. During past two years 20 cases have been registered by the NIA and most of these cases are from Mumbai, Gujarat, Kerala and Goa.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 9

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