MHA to hold meeting; Chief Sec and DGPs to tackle terrorism

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New Delhi, Aug 7 (UNI) The Home Ministry will organise a meeting of Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police of all States tomorrow to discuss the need to respond to terror incidents and develop a strategy in this regard.

The meeting to be chaired by Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta is expected to carry forward the ongoing consultation process regarding internal security issues between the Central and State Governments.

It is expected to exchange ideas on preventive and precautionary measures to address potential threats to internal and national security arising from terror incidents like recent blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

The meeting would also deliberate on issues like awareness building, community cooperation and participation, coordination in and strengthening of intelligence, urban and metro policing systems and process of investigation and prosecution besides other relevant issues.

The meeting has been organised following the recent blasts and the criticism from various quarters, including opposition parties, that the government is soft on terror.

''Some deliberate and planned incidents have occurred recently in different parts of the country, leading to loss of life and a sense of panic among the people. Prima facie, these appear to be the handiwork of certain terrorist groups with support from some local elements which have selected soft targets and used explosives with intent to cause maximum damage and have tried to strike at innocent and unsuspecting persons, '' a home ministry spokesman said and added that the meeting of Chief Secretaries and DGPs has been called to devise strategy to deal with such incidents in future and proper investigations of the past terror attacks.

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