Centralised agency required to tackle terror: BSF

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New Delhi, Sep 30: Stressing that tackling of terror is the need of the hour, Border Security Force (BSF) chief A K Mitra on Tuesday, Sep 30 lamented that there is a lack of coordination among various intelligence agencies and there was a need for centarlised agency to make matters work. Addressing the media prior to demitting office, Mr Mitra said something like the United States' 'Homeland Security Services' would do a world of good here as this would help in better, effective and timely coordination of information and subsequent action to effect a timely blow to the menace of terrorism.

''That sort of thing is required to oversee intelligence gathering.'' Stressing that lack of coordination was certainly one of the prime reasons for pre-empting moves of terrorists, the BSF Director General said, ''Often there is no coordination among various intelligence agencies which proves decisive.'' Any umbrella organisation like the Homeland Security Services of the US was needed as terror had now spread to the hintherland, all over, he said adding that here the grassroot level intelligence was mostly on a one-to-one basis than institutionalised.

''School ties work better than formal ties.'' Hence, a centralised agency would be able to deliver better and coordinated results leading to effective handling of the terror menace, Mr Mitra added.

On possiblity of terrorists sneaking from the borders, Mr Mitra said no doubt infiltration was there and now even the International Border was being used for it, which wasn't the practice earlier.

''Earlier, the Line of Control was used but now the International Border was being used. This year alone, seven attempts were made of which two were successful.'' On the difference between infiltration from Pakistani side and Bangladeshi side, the DG said in Kashmir, mostly Pakistani Rangers provide cover to the militants, while on the Bangladesh side there is no official patronage.

''From Bangladesh mostly there is economic infiltration, those wanting better life and of those who smuggle cattle, drugs and consumable goods, while from the Pakistan it is subversive material.'' Admitting that Pakistan border was ''much more hostile'' and ''sensitive'', Mr Mitra said they made deliberate and overt attempts to push militants and subversive material.

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