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Patil asks BJP states to raise police forces
Agencies: NEW DELHI, 02 Aug 2008
Published on 3 Aug. 2008 12:27 AM IST
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Home Minister Shivraj Patil, in an exclusive interview to NDTV, has said that state governments have enough powers to fight terror.
Unleashing a direct attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani, the Home Minister said it was important for him to direct BJP-ruled states to increase their police manpower.“They should ask their state governments to increase manpower in police forces. They should ask for their police forces to be trained and modernised,” said Patil. He also said that the centre would look into the request for stronger anti-terror laws. “Centre will look into state governments’ request for anti-terror laws,” he said.
The Centre has blamed the state governments for not making proper use of the available laws to counter terrorism and advocated a case for a federal agency to look into the matters having international ramifications. “If some are raising this issue, I would like to ask that whether these laws being used. Are the provisions of POTA, which have been put into Unlawful Activities Prevention Act being used? Why are they not being used?” said Patil.
Asked as to why the Centre was averse of ratifying the anti-terror laws passed by some state governments, Patil said, “I am saying use existing laws.”
Advocating for a federal agency, Patil said in an interview to NDTV, “If the offence is committed by a person living in a state, there is no difficulty in proceeding against him, but there are a group of persons living in different states and they are intending to perpetrate an offence, states machinery will not be helpful.”
“The country needs a machinery which has access to more states and today we have come to conclusion that it is not only inter-state matter but it is becoming international matter and now there are ramifications going outside boundaries of the country and state government and police do not have that kind of capacity,” he said.
“If you have a federal investigating agency in such matters, it would be helpful and then if you have an agency which can prevent these things that agency will be able to better prevent it,” he said.
Asked whether Pakistan’s ISI was responsible for the attacks, Patil said, “I am not giving any clean chit to anyone nor am I complaining against anyone.”
“I am allowing the state government of Gujarat to investigate the matter properly and bring these facts to our notice, we will examine them and necessary steps would be taken without fair and unfair,” the Home Minister said.
He claimed that many terror modules had been busted but refused to divulge details.
The Home Minister said the UPA government was not hard on innocent persons.
“Union Government will be very correct and hard on terrorists and will be very careful in not convicting and causing difficulties to innocents,” Patil said.
He said the terrorists were thriving on fear psychosis and “we should not add fuel to the fire by saying that terrorism in India is such that it cannot be controlled.”
Patil was quick to refer to Rahul Gandhi in his interview and said the fear should be removed out of the mind.
“I say that this is a problem. I say this problem should not be dealt with in a light manner,” he said.
“Rahul Gandhi said that we would do nothing out of fear. If you fear, you wont be able to do it. He was so mature as he looked into future and said let us not be afraid of anything and here we repeat things, writing things and contributing towards the fear without taking into account the actual facts and figure the statistics given,” said Patil.

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