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Rift among state and central agencies hampers terror probe

The National Investigative Agencies was formed after Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 as a nodal agency to deal with terror attacks across the states. But till date the way in which investigations are being carried out into the Samjhauta blast, Malegoan, Mecca Masjid, Ajmer Sharief and Modasa bomb blast reveal that there is lack of cooperation and coordination between state and central investigative agencies.

States investigative authorities on many occasions have been proactively uncooperative with the central body NIA,. be it in conducting parallel questionings of witnesses or in the harassment of the witnesses.

In Madhya Pradesh, state police investigating the killing of Sunil Joshi is clueless and has got no answer for the disappearance of two prime accused. Instead of collective effort to bring terrorist to justice these agencies are themselves at loggerheads. Some features of the NIA acts were formulated on the line to strengthen coordination between state agencies and NIA.
1. A state government shall extend all assistance to NIA for investigation of terror-related offences.
2. Provisions of the Act with regard to investigation shall not affect powers of the state government to investigate and prosecute any terror crime or other offences.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 22

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