ANDHRA PRADESH

Tough law needed to tackle terrorism, says expert

Meeting ground: Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, greeting B. Raman, at a symposium in Hyderabad on Saturday.  

HYDERABAD: Former Additional Cabinet Secretary B. Raman has advocated the need for public to exert pressure on politicians to bring in a tough law to counter terrorism. “People must create fear in politicians that they will be voted out if they don’t take strong measures against terror,” he said while delivering the keynote address at a symposium on ‘Changing faces of terror, response of the nation’, organised by the World Youth Council Against Terrorism.

He said a tough law was necessary along with an expertise to tackle terrorism. He attributed the Mumbai attack to ‘failure of intelligence network and physical security’. “We have to learn from the US and the UK how they tackled terror incidents after 9/11 and London bombings respectively. There must also be tailor-made strategies to counter terrorist attacks, as there was no national phenomenon like what happened in Mumbai.

Retaliatory action

Mr. Raman, a former RAW official and considered an expert on terrorism-related issues, called for retaliatory action against Pakistan in the form of trade, political, diplomatic and covert operations. “We must stop all trade with Pakistan and declare that there would no normalisation of relations unless its takes action to prevent terror attacks Covert operations should be directed at Lashkar-e-Toiba’s infrastructure, ‘as a right of our self-defence’, he stressed. Navjot Singh Sidhu, BJP Member of Parliament, suggested eye-for-an-eye strategy against Pakistan, as the Mumbai incidents were an ‘attack on our pride. ‘Aag lagane walonko aag lagado’ was his refrain.

Anti-terror agency

Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, IG of OCTOPUS, called for a special tough law to counter terrorism. At the same time anti-terror agency was required, which could overcome intelligence and security failure in a terror strike.

V. Rama Rao, former Governor who presided, regretted lack of political will to take action to check terrorism in the country. He cited examples of inaction in the Afzal Guru case, support to terrorists by Aligarh Muslim University officials, AP Government’s failure to act in Taslima Nasreen attack case here and former Union Minister A.R. Antulay’s stand on killing of ATS chief in Mumbai.

Earlier, G. Kishan Reddy, MLA, and international chairman of the council, welcomed.