Terror challenge more grave, says Chidambaram

Terror challenge more grave, says Chidambaram
PTI
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First Published: Mon, Sep 14 2009. 12 31 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Sep 14 2009. 12 31 PM IST
New Delhi: Post Mumbai attacks, Pakistan-based groups like Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) persist in their attempts to launch terror attacks in India posing “grave” challenge, home minister P Chidambaram warned on Monday.
“Terrorist groups including LeT and JeM persist in their endeavour to launch terror attacks. They continue to innovate new ways and means of deniability. They find support among disgruntled elements within India,” Chidambaram said.
Inaugurating a three-day long conference of directors general and inspectors general of police organized by Intelligence Bureau, Chidambaram said cross border terrorism “is a matter of deep concern” and policing in India was always a challenge and after “26/11, the challenge has become more grave.”
“Let me state our position clearly. On terrorism, our stance is zero tolerance. We shall raise our level of preparedness to fight any terror threat attack and, in the case of threat or attack, our response will be swift and decisive,” the home minister said.
He said the security agencies have neutralized 13 terror modules in the first six months of this year.
Describing 26/11 attacks as a “game-changer,” he said, “We meet under circumstances that pose formidable challenges to the security of the nation. The attacks in Mumbai on November 26, last year were a game changer. We can no longer afford to business as usual,” he said.
Chidambaram said the country’s security faces many threats from sources like - terrorism, left wing extremism and insurgency - in certain states.
On left-wing extremism, Chidambaram said it was purporting to be a radical form of communism. “Today, various groups adhering to this outdated ideology have their pockets of influence in 20 states,” he said, adding the banned CPI (Maoist) remaining the most potent of the naxal groups with a presence in 17 states and a 90% share in naxal violence.
In a bid to expand its network and influence, the Maoist have been seeking alliances with secessionist and terrorist elements in the country, the home minister said.
“It has been keenly seeking ideological resonance and tactical understanding with the Northeast insurgents and has begun to lend support to their secessionist ideology and demands,” he said.
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