Chidambaram Meets FBI, Security Officials in New York

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, on a visit to US, had a first hand experience as to how security agencies protect American financial capital, which is on the terror radar, from terrorists attacks.

On last leg of four-day visit, Chidambaram was briefed in New York by officials from FBI, intelligence and security agencies and New York police about the measures which they are taking to prevent any Mumbai-type terrorist attacks.

After walking at the Penn Station, which caters to thousands of train passengers every day, to a briefing by the New York Police, which has brought about many counter-terrorism measures following 26/11, Chidambaram and his team of officials got to know as to how a metropolitan city like New York can be protected from a terror strike without causing much nuisance to citizens.

The minister also knew about the coast guard facility at State Island. It is important keeping in view that the terrorists who attacked Mumbai in November last year entered Mumbai through sea route. Coastal security is now considered an integral part of New York’s counter-terrorism mechanism.

Within hours of his landing in Big Apple, Chidambaram was at the Joint Terror Task Force Centre of the FBI in New York, where he was given an exclusive briefing by the New York Police Department on the steps being taken by them to protect the city.

Before Chidambaram left New York by train for Washington, he was briefed about the security of the Mass Transport System at the Penn station as security officials went through the procedure of random frisking and searching of passengers.

In Washington, Chidambaram will meet with top officials of the Obama Administration, heads of intelligence and security agencies and influential lawmakers over the next three days.

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