Local police stations have been asked to inform the Home Department regarding cases having any terror links, writes Biju Govind.

With new evidences emerging about the possible links between mysterious cases and terrorist activities in the city, the local police have been asked to inform about any such offences to the State government.

The officer-in-charge of the police station should report any information regarding the registration of any of the scheduled offences mentioned under the National Investigation Agency Act. The Station House Officer (SHO) should forward a report about the case with a brief description of the details of the offences to the Commissioner of Police or the Superintendent of Police within 24 hours of a registration of a case.

Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose has written to all district heads and special units that they should scrutinise these reports, add any details if necessary and forward them to the Home Department Secretary. All such offences, investigation and other steps should be proceeded with by the concerned SHO or investigating officer as in any normal case, regardless of the fact that a report of registration has been sent to the State government.

Some of the scheduled offences mentioned in the National Investigation Agency Act are the Atomic Energy Act, 1962; the Unlawful Activities (Prevention ) Act, 1967; the Anti-Hijacking Act, 1982; the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against Safety of Civil Aviation Act, 1982; the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms of Continental Shelf Act, 2002 and the Weapons of Mass Destruction and their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Act, 2005.

Similarly, all offences registered under Chapter IV of the Indian Penal Code (Sections from 121 to 130) that deals with offences against the State and Sections 489-A to 489-E of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to currency notes and bank notes will also come under the Act.

Mr. Punnoose said the National Investigation Agency Act empowers the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate offences listed in the schedule of the Act.

The NIA shall have suo moto jurisdiction over an offence that has international and inter-State links; relates to the security of the nation; relates to any cross-border offences that have the potential to threaten the security and integrity of the nation and relates to corruption in All India Services.

So far the NIA has been entrusted with the investigation into the cases of the twin blasts that occurred at two bus stations here in 2006. Earlier, the Kozhikode Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department investigated the case, he said. The NIA had taken up the twin blast case following the links with other terror cases in the country. Some of the accused having links with Indian Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba militants could have fled to West Asia. The officials will investigate the conspiracy angle which the Crime Branch had not been able to investigate.

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