‘Think of human rights of security forces also’
Sial stresses need for federal agency to fight terrorism
BANGALORE: The nation needs to stand by the police and support the action taken against persons allegedly involved in terrorist activities, said the former Director-General and Inspector-General of Police B.S. Sial.
Taking a dig at the critics of the police encounter of Delhi in September, Mr. Sial said: “Why should policemen risk their lives and fight terrorists? They do it for national pride. By questioning the operation you are pointing fingers at their integrity. The media reports support the terrorists.”
Speaking at the third national conference of Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) and Association of Private Detectives and Investigators (APDI) on Monday, Mr. Sial said the policemen fighting terrorists need the support of the nation. “Give him (policeman) that confidence …” People should think of the human rights of the security forces also, he said.
Mr. Sial expressed the need to increase the strength of the local police force to combat the spread of the terrorists throughout India. Acts such as Prevention of Terrorism Act should be brought with checks and balances for its enforcement. He said there was need for a federal agency to tackle terrorism.
Director-General (Infantry) Lieutenant General Rajender Singh said in the present scenario private security agencies played a prime role in providing security. The agencies need to go a long way in meeting today’s needs. They need to train their personnel and take measures to get good recruits.
Anthony Imossi, President of Association of British Investigators, and Kunwar Vikram Singh, Chairman of CAPSI and APDI, spoke.