Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation Shri Amit Shah inaugurated a two-day anti-terror conference organized by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi, today. On this occasion, several dignitaries including Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nishith Pramanik, Home Secretary, Director Intelligence Bureau, Director General NIA, as well as Director Generals of Central Armed Police Forces, State Police Chiefs, and senior officials from the Union and State governments were also present.
Home Minister awarded medals to NIA officials for excellence in service.
In his inaugural address, Shri Amit Shah said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Central and State agencies have succeeded in firmly curbing all forms of terrorism in the country in the last 9 years. Union Home Minister said that we need to not only combat terrorism but also dismantle its entire ecosystem. He said that Model Anti-terrorism Structure should be established under the purview of NIA, the hierarchy, structure, and SoPs of Investigation of all anti-terrorism agencies in all states should be made uniform for better coordination between central and state agencies. All anti-terrorism agencies must adopt such a ruthless approach so that a new terrorist organization cannot be formed. Shri Shah said that the task of NIA, ATS, and STF should not be limited to investigation but they should also think out of the box and take innovative measures to counter the terrorism. He added that the fight against terrorism requires collaboration from the global level to the grassroots, involving various states within the country, as well as international cooperation. Shri Shah said that the task of NIA, ATS, and STF should not be limited to investigation but they should also think out of the box and take innovative measures to counter the terrorism. He added that the fight against terrorism requires collaboration from the global level to the grassroots, involving various states within the country, as also the international cooperation.
Shri Amit Shah said that the government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has taken a tough stand on all the challenges like crypto, hawala, terror-funding, organized crime syndicates, narco-terror links, which has yielded very good results, but still a lot more is to be done. He said that to deal with terrorism, the Center and the states, their agencies and inter-agency cooperation will have to think in vertical and horizontal ways.
Union Home Minister said that the government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has prepared many database verticals in the last 5 years. He stressed that all the agencies of the Center and the State should make multidimensional and Artificial Intelligence-based use of the database, only then will we be successful in the fight against terrorism. He said that the database should be used for investigation, prosecution, prevention and action. Home Minister stressed upon every police station as well as young police officers to make maximum use of the database.
Use of Data Base
Inter-Operable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) — CCTNS implemented in 99.93% i.e. 16,733 police stations, 22 thousand courts have been connected to e-Court and about 2 crore prisoner data available through e-Prison, 1 crore through e-Prosecution. More than 17 lakh prosecution data available and more than 17 lakh forensic data from e-forensics. Similarly, the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS) has more than 90 lakh fingerprint records. Under Integrated Monitoring of Terrorism (i-MoT), data of 22 thousand terrorist cases is available for monitoring UAPA registered cases. Data of more than 5 lakh narco-offenders is available under NIDAN, i.e. National Integrated Database on Arrested Narco-Offenders. Data of about 1 lakh human traffickers is available under the National Database of Human Trafficking Offenders (NDHTO). Data of more than 14 lakh alerts is available under Crime Multi Agency Center (Cri-MAC). Data of more than 28 lakh complaints is available on the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (NCRP). Biometric database of prisoners and information about their visitors is available in the Prison Database. Apart from this, the national level terrorism database of the NIA is also available.
Shri Amit Shah said that there should be a common training module for all central and state-level counter-terrorism agencies, so that uniformity can be brought in the methodology of fighting against terrorism. He asked NIA and IB to take initiative in this direction. Shri Shah said that now the time has come to work from need to know to need to share and duty to share approach. He said that the number of terrorist incidents in the year 2001 was 6000, which the government at the center led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has reduced to 900 in the year 2022. He praised the NIA for achieving more than 94 percent conviction rate and said more work is needed in this direction. He also asked all the states to take steps to increase the conviction rate.
Fight against Drugs
Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, with the cooperation of the Central and State Governments, major successes have been achieved in the fight against drugs. These achievements include Operation Samudragupta, conducted this year under the leadership of NCB, during which narcotics worth more than Rs 12,000 crore were seized simultaneously. Apart from this, 10 lakh kilograms of drugs have also been disposed of.
Shri Amit Shah said that terrorism has no boundaries and no state can face terrorism alone. He said that we all have to come together to root out this evil. Home Minister suggested making 5 actionable points in every session of the two-day conference and sending them to the Union Home Ministry.