Consult states over anti-terrorism cell, says Jayalalithaa

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Tamilnadu Chief Minister J.JayalalithaaPhoto: K.Bhagya Prakash
Tamilnadu Chief Minister J.JayalalithaaPhoto: K.Bhagya Prakash

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday said that renewed moves were being made to set up the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) despite opposition to it by several states.

“The proposal for the setting up of a single point of control under the Home Ministry for all anti-terrorist measures was objected to by almost all the state Chief Ministers. Co-ordination and not control was considered to be the right way forward,” she said in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The present system of a multi-agency centre at Delhi interacting with the subsidiary multi-agency centres at the level of states was considered to be working well, she said.

“...The establishment of an operations division under the NCTC with the powers of arrest and seizure and armed with the freedom to operate independent of the state police was a proposal completely unacceptable to even the Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states,” she said.

“..Action in the form of counter-terrorist operations is better left to the state police to perform,” she said.

Jayalalithaa said a Rapid Action Counter-Terrorist Force should be created in every state to function under the nodal state agency with liberal central funds.PTI



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