Terrorists may target religious places; improve intelligence: Patil

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New Delhi, Oct 3 (UNI) Expressing apprehensions that religious places and peoples congregations, police and politicians may be targeted by terrorists by using sophisticated weapons, Home Minister Shivraj Patil today called for proactive policing based on reliable and actionable intelligence to contain crime, violence and terrorism in the country.

Inaugurating the All India Conference of DGPs/IGPs-2007 here, Mr Patil said that Sleeper Cells of Terrorists organisations may be found in mega cities which could become active when needed by them and fake currency notes were being used to fund terrorism.

Pointing out that terrorists were using modern technologies and more sophisticated weapons and devices to commit crimes with ease and with lesser difficulty and risk, he said that the police should also use new ideas, equipment, technology and training to deal with them effectively. ''Perfect, reliable and actionable intelligence'' was required to perform policing in proper manner, he pointed out.

Expressing concern that the intelligence agencies of states were not strong and adequate enough to meet the demands of the present and future, Mr Patil said intelligence branches should be properly manned and equipped with modern gadgets and technologies. The information should be examined, analysed and sent to places where they could be used effectively, he added.

''No weapon or device is going to be as useful as intelligence can be, to control and contain crimes, violence and terrorism. That is why the development and strengthening of intelligence agencies should receive first priority in plans for combating crime and terrorism,'' he said and added that timely information and intelligence on naxal activites was also very important to check naxalite problem, he added.

Expressing satisfaction over the improvement in situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Home Minister asked the security and intelligence agencies to be on constant alert and pursue hightened surveillance to check continued infilteration from across the border and counter terrorism operations.

Continued violence in Assam and Manipur and persisting factional clashes in Nagaland were cause for concerns, Mr Patil said and called for greater coordination between states in the region and among various security forces to facilitate synergy in the operations against insurgents. He also stressed the need for a more proactive strategy and concerted action to stop extortions in the region.

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