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NIA proposes body to track fugitives

The Centre will also take up the issue of setting up special courts for trial of scheduled offences cases in states.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi |
September 5, 2013 1:36:21 am

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has proposed the setting up of a Fugitive Tracking Unit (FTU) on the lines of the US agency,the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The NIA,which is riding high on the recent arrests of alleged Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal,and Willy Naruenartwanich,who was wanted in the NSCN-IM arms case,has submitted the proposal to the Ministry of Home Affairs. According to the proposal,the FTU will be set up across India in NIA branches and will focus on tracking the movements of suspects and wanted terrorists.

The proposal is likely to be discussed during the upcoming Director General conference to be held in the last week of September,when views from top cops will be sought on the issue.

Subsequently,the FTU can also assist state police in tracking criminals wanted by them,senior officials said.

Besides the setting up of the FTU,the Centre is also likely to lodge a complaint with DGPs from Naxal states regarding delays in sending information to the Home Ministry in scheduled offences cases that are covered under the NIA Act,2008. Under the Act,the states are supposed to render the details of such cases to the Centre,which then decides in consultation with the NIA whether a case can be transferred to them.

The Centre will also take up the issue of setting up special courts for trial of scheduled offences cases in states.

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