Interior Minister Amit Shah said Thursday that every state will have a National Investigation Agency office as part of “major changes” to build a strong anti-terrorist network. He said the agency now has more bite with these changes brought about in the UAPA as well as in the extraterritorial jurisdiction.
“We made important changes in the NIA (National Investigation Agency) and UAPA (Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act) to give the agency more powers,” Shah said at a Chintan Shivir organized in Haryana’s Surajkund.
“The agency has been given extraterritorial jurisdiction. The agency also has powers to seize a terrorist’s property. We have decided that each state will have an NIA entity to build a strong anti-terrorist network,” Shah said, adding that a large number of proposals to amend India’s Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure had also been received.
“In a very short time we will submit a new draft of CrPC and IPC to Parliament,” he said.
The program was organized with the aim of preparing an action plan for the implementation of “Vision 2047” and “Panch Pran” announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech. Shah said it is the collective responsibility of states and the center to fight transnational crime effectively, assuring that the Narendra Modi-led government has made victories on all fronts of internal security.
The government also amended the Foreign Contributions (Regulations) Act, which has been abused by some NGOs to carry out anti-national activities, religious proselytization, political opposition to development projects and creating obstacles to development works, the home secretary said.
“Law and order is a state matter in our Constitution… but we can only be successful against transboundary or transboundary crime if all states sit together to reflect, develop a common strategy and make efforts to contain it,” Shah said on the first of the two-day brainstorming session.
That Shivir may become a good platform to discuss strategies to fight cybercrime, drugs and transnational terrorism, among others, and to share best practices in law and order, Shah said.
He said the Modi government had made victories on all internal security fronts, be it in Jammu and Kashmir, the Northeast or drug smuggling. “Our internal security is considered strong,” he added, also noting that “35,000 police officers and CAPF (Central Armed Police Forces) personnel have given their lives to keep the country’s unity and integrity intact.”
He said all areas considered hotspots from a security perspective have been cleared due to synergies and collaboration between the states and the center. Since 2014, there has been a 74 percent drop in terrorist attacks and a 90 percent drop in terror-related killings, Shah said, adding that it was a “great achievement”.
“We have long-term agreements with insurgent groups like NLFT, BODO and Karbi Anglong who have created a platform for the surrender of 9,000 insurgents to ensure long-term peace in the Northeast,” he said.
Shah said the country has made great strides in combating left-wing extremism (LWE), seeing a 77 percent drop in naxal violence and an 87 percent drop in the death toll it caused after 2014. “Once upon a time the red corridor between Pashupati Nath to Tirupati was notorious. States and the center have successfully fought this battle and achieved successes…In 2014, 113 districts were affected by LWE, now it is only 46. This is a great achievement,” he said.
He said a new era has begun in Jammu and Kashmir after the abolition of Article 370. “In the 37 months following August 5, 2019, terrorist attacks decreased by 34 percent compared to the 37 months prior to that date. During that period, 64 percent fewer deaths have been reported and civilian deaths from terrorist attacks have fallen by 90 percent,” Shah said.
The minister said Jammu and Kashmir had received a total investment of Rs. 19,000 since independence up to 2019, while an investment of Rs. This shows that the Union Territory has moved forward on the road to success, he said.
Prime Minister Modi will address that Chintan Shivir via video conference on October 28th. The development of a cybercrime management ecosystem, the modernization of police forces, the increased use of information technology in the criminal justice system, land border management and coastal security, and other internal security issues will be discussed at the event.
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