New Delhi, Dec 4 (ANI): Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said that the government continued to build capacity and successfully neutralised a number of terror modules in the country.
Presenting his monthly report for December 2010, Chidambaram said: "Our security lies in maintaining constant vigil, augmenting intelligence gathering and taking pre-emptive action."
"However, there were two blots on the record during the year - one in Pune on February 13, 2010 and the other in Varanasi on December 7, 2010," he added.
Chidambaram further said: "We live in a troubled world and a troubled neighbourhood that has witnessed numerous acts of terror last year. In 2010 there were at least 35 major acts of terror in a number of countries.
"India is no more - but no less - vulnerable than any other country," he added.
The Home Minister, however, said the situation in the Left Wing extremism affected States continues to remain a matter of grave concern.
"The loss of lives in Silda, West Bengal (February 15, 2010); Dantewada, Chhattisgarh (April 6, 2010); Bijapur, Chhattisgarh (May 8, 2010) and Dhaudhai, Narayanpur, Chhattisgarh (June 29, 2010) were the low points during the year," said Chidambaram.
"The security forces lost 285 personnel (as against 317 in 2009) and were able to "neutralise 171 extremists (as against 219 in 2009). It will be apparent that the naxalites have not only purned the offer of talks but have also escalated the conflict," he added. (ANI)