Jaiswal calls for separation of Intelligence Dept from police

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Pune, May 23 (UNI) Calling for separation of Intelligence Department from the police in States, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal today said it must be supported by a Federal Intelligence Agency to make it an effective force in dealing with serious crimes like terror.

Addressing a news conference here, Mr Jaiswal said, ''States are not responding positively to the idea of separating the intelligence department from the police. It will be supported by a Federal Intelligence Agency to deal with serious crimes like terror. This is the need of the hour.'' He said the States could have a Committee to decide when investigations into a serious crime should be referred to the Central Intelligence Agency to avoid delay. For instance, the CBI received requests at a later stage when it could hardly perform.

Without naming any State, he said ''We hope that States will start thinking as they still send senior police officials to the intelligence department as a 'punishment posting'. This is an outdated concept and States must understand and rise up to the present challenges namely terror. The law and order situation is a State subject.'' To a query about the progress made in investigations in the Jaipur blasts, the Minister said he had been informed about some clues and many things have been identified. However, he was in no position to give any information as it may hamper the investigations. The Jaipur police are doing their work well, he said.

To another query about whether RDX was used in the blasts, Mr Jaiswal said he was unable to ascertain about the material used in the blasts, but it was as harmful and destructive like the RDX.

To a poser about the hanging of Afzal Guru for attacking Parliament, he said it was incorrect to politicise the issue, as such cases took between 5 and 7 years to decide the matter. The President would decide when the case came up, it had been just two and half years, even the case of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassins took six years to come up.

To a query about the government completing its term and the Prime Ministerial candidate, the Minister said the UPA would complete its full tenure and the term 'Prime Minister in waiting' held good only for the Opposition.

The country had achieved great heights under the Prime Ministership of Manmohan Singh, and as far as selection of a Prime Ministerial candidate, the matter was premature as there was still another year to go, besides such issues were decided by the party's Parliamentary Committee, upholding the spirit of democratic processes by electing a leader, he said.

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