In federal season,NIA talks coordination with ATS units

While the NCTC is for now on hold,the National Investigation Agency brought together anti-terror units

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published:May 12, 2012 3:23 am

While the NCTC (National Counter Terrorism Centre) is for now on hold,the National Investigation Agency (NIA) today brought together anti-terror units of 28 states and Union territories here to “discuss and fine-tune” investigations into terror incidents,Maoist influx,Northeast insurgency and circulation of fake Indian currency notes.

The first-such meeting conceived by the NIA also took a decision to hold similar discussions every three months. The idea is to “standardise investigation processes” across all the states and UTs.

A decision was taken to form four sub-groups to cater to different needs in investigation of terror crimes and insurgency. One group would deal with catching “absconders” in terror incidents.

The Delhi and Mumbai Police,which have seen the maximum terror attacks as well as have had disagreements in the past over arrest of suspects,took the lead in putting forward “the best practices in investigation of terror incidents”.

The Additional Director General of Jharkhand ATS,M V Rao,sought coordination to fight Naxalism which,he said,was now less about ideology and more about making money.

ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad) heads of Uttar Pradesh,Madhya Pradesh,Gujarat and Karnataka shared details on threat posed by militants.

West Bengal and Kerala,which have formed a sub-group,will help other states check cases of fake Indian currency notes.

The NIA,that currently has a list of 75 absconders wanted in terror cases,Naxalism and Northeast militancy,hopes coordination will help it better track them.

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