According to a home ministry statement, Union home minister Amit Shah held a high-level meeting with the chiefs of the country’s security agencies and intelligence wings of the armed forces on Monday, during which several issues such as threats from global terror organisations, terror financing, and illicit use of cyberspace were discussed.
According to the MHA statement, the “home minister convened a high-level security meeting to review the country’s current threat scenario and emerging security challenges.”
According to the statement, Shah discussed the ongoing threat of terrorism and global terror groups, terror financing, narco-terrorism, the organised crime-terror nexus, the illicit use of cyberspace, and the movement of foreign terrorist fighters during the meeting. The home minister emphasised the importance of better coordination and synergy between the federal and state security agencies in combating the ever-changing counter-terrorism and security challenges, according to the statement.
The meeting was attended by the heads of the country’s security agencies, prominent central intelligence agencies, the Central Armed Police Forces, armed forces intelligence wings, revenue and financial intelligence agencies, according to the statement.
The meeting was also attended by state and union territory police chiefs via video conferencing, according to the report.
The meeting is significant in light of reports that Pakistan-based terror organisations, particularly Khalistani outfits, may target cities across five states — Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa — ahead of assembly elections.
On December 23, a bomb went off inside the district court complex in Ludhiana, killing one person and injuring six others. The terror attack, according to police, was carried out at the request of Jaswinder Singh Multani of Sikhs for Justice, who lives in Germany (SFJ). Multani has been detained by German authorities, and the NIA has opened an investigation into a larger SFJ plot to carry out attacks in Indian cities.
Security forces have been asked to remain vigilant ahead of the elections, according to sources familiar with the situation.
According to people familiar with the development, the home minister chaired a high-level meeting of the Narco Coordination Centre (NCORD) last week, during which he directed the concerned authorities to arrange container scanners and related equipment for scanning of incoming and outgoing containers at all ports, private and government.
He had also directed the agencies to establish a national narco-canine pool. He requested that the federal Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) work with the National Security Guard (NSG) to develop a policy under which state police will have access to a canine squad facility that can be used to detect drug shipments.
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