Terrorism, communalism to be focus of DGPs conference on Nov 22-23

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New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) Terrorism, communalism, naxalism and other emerging challenges before the police and security forces would be the focus of deliberations at a meeting of Directors General of Police here on November 22 and 23.

The two-day annual DGPs conference, organised by the Intelligence Bureau and addressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, would focus on rising incidents of terrorism in the country, especially in the context of emerging threat of Hindu terrorism in view of the recent disclosures about involvement of religious leaders in the Malegaon blasts.

The threat of communalism which affected the Kandhamal district of Orissa and Karnataka where churches were attacked and a nun was raped would also be deliberated at the conference. The incidents of communal violence had forced the government to earlier call a National Security Council meeting and also send a high-level ministerial team headed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to Kandhamal recently.

The virus of Naxalism, which is described as the biggest threat to national security by the Prime Minister, would also be discussed at the meet which would be inaugurated by Home Minister Shivraj Patil on November 22.

It would be attended by top police officers, including Director Intelligence Bureau, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan.

The Prime Minister would interact with police officials on November 23 to give policy direction to them. He would also give away the medals to the IB Officers, who have been awarded President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service during the Conference, to boost their morale.

The issues of filling up vacancies in state police forces, strengthening intelligence apparatus to tackle terrorism and naxalism and creating more posts to increase police/people ratio in the country would also come up at the meeting.

The emerging challenges like cyber crimes and use of internet by militants might also come up at the meeting.

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