PM issues stern warning to terrorists

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New Delhi, Nov 27 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today issued a stern warning to the terrorists that they will have to pay a heavy price for the ''cowardly and horrific acts'' and said that the country will not tolerate any violations of the citizens' rights.

In his address to the nation, as the security forces were battling those who had taken hostages in Mumbai, Dr Singh said the country would employ the National Security Act (NSA), leaving no loopholes for the terror elements to escape the clutches of law and to bring the guilty to book.

Strongly condemning the dastardly killings since last night in Mumbai, the Prime Minister said India would not tolerate the use of its territory by the neighbouring countries to launch an attack on the country.

It was evident that the group, which carried out the killings, was based outside the country, he added.

Dr Singh said it was essential to set up a Federal Investigation Agency and the Government would prevent the entry of suspects into the country and maintain a strict vigil on such elements. The Government would bring about police reforms and was determined to maintain national integrity.

The Prime Minister paid homage to the courageous police officials, who laid down their lives in the defence of the country.

He appealed to the people to maintain peace and calm and defeat the intentions of the perpetrators.

The Government would take the responsibility of the welfare of the hostages, including their medical treatment, he added.

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