Bengal, Delhi, Bihar, Telangana Skip Amit Shah’s Chintan Shivir as opposition up the ante with centre

Several opposition-ruled states, including West Bengal, Delhi, Bihar and Telangana, failed to send their representatives to a “Chintan Shivir” chaired by Union Interior Minister Amit Shah in Faridabad.

According to the official list, political representatives from Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Telangana, West Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Delhi, Lakshwadeep did not attend the event.

News18 had previously reported that states such as Bihar, West Bengal and some southern states are unlikely to attend the meeting. That’s what officials from different states had said News18 that CMs running the Home Office are busy and will likely send their deputies.

A report crediting a senior West Bengal government official claims that West Bengal CM cannot leave the state as there are multiple functions lined up for them in this festive season.

“Bhai Phota (Bhai Dooj) will take place on Thursday and ‘Chhat Puja’ will take place soon. The prime minister will not be able to leave the state. Our Home Secretary and DGP will not attend the Chintan Shivir for the same reason as the Prime Minister,” the report said, citing the official.

Shah spoke Thursday on the first day of a two-day “Chintan Shivir” in Surajkund, Haryana. Several prime ministers, interior ministers, lieutenant governors and administrators of union territories attend the Chintan Shivir.

The Shivir will advise on issues such as police force modernization, cybercrime management, increased use of IT in the criminal justice system, land border management, coastal security, women’s safety and drug trafficking, among others.

In his address, Shah said inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this Chintan Shivir will be organized, which will provide a common platform to jointly confront challenges facing the nation such as cybercrime, narcotics proliferation and transnational terrorism. He said today the nature of crime is changing and it is becoming limitless, so all states must fight it with a common strategy.

Incidents of violence in left-wing extremist areas have decreased

The Union Home Minister said the left-wing extremist-hit areas of Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast, which were once hotspots of violence and unrest, are now becoming hotspots of development. He said the security situation in the Northeast had improved significantly over the past eight years, and since 2014 the number of riots had fallen by 74 percent, the number of casualties among security forces by 60 percent and casualties among civilians by about 90 percent . Apart from that, efforts have been made to establish lasting peace in the region by signing agreements with the NLFT, Bodo, Bru, Karbi Anglong, among which more than 9,000 militants have surrendered. He said with peace restored in the Northeast, AFSPA has been withdrawn from more than 60 percent of the areas.
Highlighting the improvement in the situation in LWE-affected areas, Shah said incidents of violence in those areas have fallen by 77 percent and deaths from those incidents have fallen by more than 85 percent. Shah said after the repeal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019, a new beginning of peace and progress has begun there. He said the 37 months after August 5, 2019 saw a 34 percent decrease in terrorist incidents and a 54 percent decrease in deaths among security forces compared to the 37 months before August 5, 2019.

NIA offices in all states by 2024

Shah said the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has adopted a zero-tolerance policy on terrorism and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other agencies are being strengthened to win a decisive victory over it.

He shared that efforts will be made before 2024 to build an anti-terrorist network by establishing NIA branches in every state. Shah said in order to achieve a decisive victory in the fight against terrorism, the legal framework will be strengthened, under which provisions have been made to declare individual terrorists by amending the NIA and UAPA laws. He said the NIA was given extraterritorial jurisdiction and with it the right to seize property acquired in connection with terrorism.

Reform in CRPC, IPC

The Home Secretary said the MHA is continuously working on reforms in the CRPC, IPC and FCRA and that their revised blueprint will soon be submitted to Parliament. He said states should make maximum use of forensic science to increase conviction rates and that the central government has provided every possible help through the formation of the NFSU. Cybercrime is a major threat to the nation and the world today and the Home Office stands ready to fight it, Shah said.

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