At a time when investigators have traced the roots of the Indian Mujahideen — the outfit allegedly responsible for the recent terror attacks across the country — to UP’s Azamagarh district, the state government seems to have put the idea of creating a separate intelligence cadre on the backburner.
The government’s intention to create an intelligence cadre was announced four days after blasts rocked the courts in Lucknow, Faizabad and Varanasi on November 23 last year.
But the process of creating an intelligence cadre is yet to begin, said Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence) Malkiat Singh. “The government has not sent any proposal in this connection,” he added.
According to Secretary (Home) Renuka Kumar, the concerned file was sent to the finance department when there was talk of constituting such a cadre. “Right now, I am not in position to tell you the current status of the project,” she said.
The original idea was to recruit dedicated staff from the local intelligence units and provide them specialised training. The first step in this regard was to lay down the parameters for the selection of candidates. This was never done, a source in the Home department said.
The blasts in Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Mumbai have all been linked to the UP network of terrorists. Until the Delhi Police first came out with its disclosures, the UP Police had no clue about Indian Mujahideen’s presence in Azamgarh and other places.
The name of Abu Bashar, who was arrested by the Gujarat Police in connection with the Ahmedabad blasts, had also figured in the interrogation report of one of the accused in the UP court blasts case, but the intelligence unit had failed to work on the information, said an officer.