Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Comparing the previous regime’s record in tackling terrorism with the current one’s, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Tuesday said terror-related incidents had come down during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government tenure. “Records will speak for themselves, and people in power are constantly criticised by Opposition benches,” he said.

Speaking at the valedictory function of the 3rd national conference of Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) on “Homeland security: a determined approach” here, the Union Home Minister said the last four-and-a-half years had seen 25,000 incidents while the four years before that recorded 36,000 incidents. “The number of casualties has been 6,000 in the last four and half years, while it was 11,000 in the four years before that.” he said. He said: “I am not defending myself. I have to defend the activities of the Government and not the individual. I knew it (Home Ministry) was not going to be a bed of roses, but somebody has to do it.”

Referring to the proceedings of the National Integration Council meeting at Delhi on Monday, he said that though the Chief Ministers gave good suggestions to improve the security in the country, the primary responsibility of providing security lay with the State Governments.

“The Union Government can help with providing additional forces.” he added.

Police university

The Home Minister said that he wished to establish a police university in every State that would help effective training of police personnel to help them cope with emergencies. Mr. Patil said that several States, including Punjab, Maharashtra and Gujarat, had evinced interest in establishing police university.

“The university will teach relevant laws and ensure physical fitness of police personnel besides training in the use of arms. They will also be familiarised in the use of computers and even psychology,” he added.

Rae Bareilly

Mr. Patil, who spoke to presspersons on the sidelines, said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s decision on the land allotment issue in Rae Barielly was not good for the federal structure. Pertaining to the announcement of elections for five States, he said that the elections had been announced after holding talks with the Election Commission and assessing security in the areas. The Border Security Force and other forces would be deployed for elections duty, he added.