Emphasizing cross border terrorism as a continued major threat, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that the government has information of “an ongoing ploy of terrorist groups in Pakistan” preparing to strike India again.
In a meeting on internal security attended by Chief Ministers, Singh said: “Cross border terrorism remains a major threat. After the Mumbai terror attacks in November last year we need to take utmost vigilance. We have credible information of an ongoing ploy of terrorist groups in Pakistan to carry out fresh attacks.”
“The area of operation of these terrorists today extends far beyond the confines of Jammu and Kashmir and other parts (of India). We need to be prepared to counter more sophisticated and enhanced capabilities. We also need to guard our sea frontiers as vigilantly as our land,” the prime minister added.
Highlighting measures to tackle the menace, Singh said that at state level, there is need for operational preparedness of Quick Response Teams and state Special Branches and intelligence wings need to be strengthened.
In his address, Singh appealed to all chief ministers to extend cooperation to the newly set-up National Investigation Agency, empowered to deal with terror related crimes across the country.
He said that four regional hubs of the National Security Guards (NSG) have been established at Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
The chief ministers are expected to discuss a concerted strategy to defeat Maoist rebels, and for coastal security, border management and modernisation of the police forces.