Thursday, March 18, 2010

Counterterrorism Measures Gather Momentum In India

Aerospace Daily & Defense Report Mar 18 , 2010 , p. 10
Neelam Mathews

NEW DELHI — India has been strengthening counterterrorism procedures to enhance domestic security, Defense Minister A.K. Antony said March 15 in response to queries in parliament.

Measures taken include augmenting the Central Para-Military Forces, strengthening and reorganizing the Multi-Agency Center to share intelligence with other intelligence and security agencies; tighter immigration control and effective border management through fencing, flood lighting, deployment of surveillance equipment and coastal security.

A National Investigation Agency already has been formed to probe and prosecute offenses. National Security Guard hubs at Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai were established following the 2008 militant attacks in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, India has said cease-fire violations along the International Border and Line of Control have increased since 2007 and have been taken up with Pakistan military authorities. Pakistani officials have generally denied such incidents during security talks. However, they have pledged to issue necessary instructions to their troops, Antony added. In 2009, 485 terrorists attempted to infiltrate in Jammu and Kashmir.

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