Decline in stone-pelting cases in J&K due to role of NIA: Rajnath

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Aug 2017 10:20:51



INCIDENTS of stone-pelting have reduced in Jammu and Kashmir due to the role of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday. He said the incidents of naxalism, terrorism and extremism have also seen a downward trend in the last three years.

“You have seen role of the NIA in Jammu and Kashmir, where incidents of stone pelting have come down.We have taken pledge for India’s security and strict action is being taken for this.

We will accept challenges and in the past three years incident of naxalism, terrorism and extremism have seen a downward trend,” he said. Singh was speaking after inaugurating the office and residential complex of the NIA here. “We will win over Naxalism, terrorism and extremism. In the past three years, extremism has come down by 75 per cent in the northeast and naxalism has come down by 35-40 per cent,” Singh said.

Emphasising on “finishing terrorfundingsources”,hesaid, “If we plug sources of fake currency andterrorfunding, itwill be a big blow to terrorism. NIA is doing a great job here. Its name sends fear down the spine of those indulging in terror funding.” On the occasion, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath suggested holding of a meeting every six months between the NIA and state agencies. Responding to his suggestion, Singh said, “Without better coordination, there can be no success.

It’s a continuous process of sharing informations.” The Home Minister said that Lucknow office and residential complexoftheNIAwas thefirst in the country and stated that itwasa“positiveindicationthat a ‘Yogi’ (UP CM) is present in the function”. He said the NIA was probing 165 cases and due to its “scientific probe there is an approximately95percentconviction rate.” Singh said NIA has established itself as a credible investigating agency.

The Home Minister said the complex was completed by state-owned NBCC within 18 months against 24months and the Lucknow unit of NIA was probing20casesofterroractivities, including blast cases in Patna, Bodh Gaya (both in Bihar) and Bijnor and Kanpur IS module cases. UP CM FOR MEETING BETWEEN NIA, STATE AGENCIESEVERY SIXMONTHS:For effectivecoordinationbetween the NIA and State agencies, there should be a meeting betweenthemeverysixmonths to exchange information and fill gaps, if any, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Sunday. The Chief Minister was addressing a gathering after inauguration of the National Investigation Agency’s office and residential campus here.

“There should be a meeting ofNIAwithStateagenciesevery six months for exchange of information and fill the gap, if any. There should be better coordination among different agencies,” he said. Emphasising on the need to make “our security agencies modern”, Adityanath said that with “team spirit there is no reason as to why India’s fight against terrorism will not be won. There is full support from all agencies of the State. We are ready to help at all levels on issues related to national security.”

The Chief Minister said he was “happy that NIA, Lucknow region office and residential premisesinauguratedbyUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh will cover three more states - Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttarakhand, besides Uttar Pradesh. The building which had to be completed in 24 months is ready in 18 months and I wantto congratulate officials who made it before time,” he said. Praising the working of NIA, he said, “NIA was founded in 2009 for effective check on terrorist activities.

India is a sensitive place for terrorism as some of our neighbours have made terrorism part of their policy and it affects us. NIA is there and now we will succeed inbreakingthebackboneofterrorism. I belong to Gorakhpur and it was our concern there because of open border (with Nepal) and misuse of fake currency coming from there for terror activities,” he said. Adityanath said the state was working to make its Anti- terrorist Squad (ATS) modern and work has started in this regard. “We will strengthen the ATS in the future by equipping it with modern technique he added