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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2965

India's tough anti-terror laws come into force

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 31 December ( India's tough anti-terror laws have come into force with President Pratibha Patil giving assent on Wednesday to these laws passed by Parliament a fortnight back. President Patil also gave assent to the law seeking to establish India's apex anti-terrorism agency, National Investigation Agency, (NIA).

Orders constituting the NIA will be issued on the New Year Day and its chief will be named in the next few days, Minister for Home Palaniappan Chidambaram told a news conference here.

He said a Multi Agency Centre (MAC) has been set up in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) as the nodal agency for intelligence in a bid to strengthen intelligence set-up across the country.

Saying that MAC is already operational 24X7, Chidambaram said that its subsidiaries would also be set up in every state capital as a part of the drive to check terror strikes.

Other steps aimed at beefing up security cover, the minister said, are creation of NSG hubs at key centres. The Home Ministry has sent the proposal to the Cabinet for the go ahead. On its part, the Defence Ministry is setting up a Coastal Command and forwarded it to the Cabinet.

Asked about Pakistan's rejection of evidence provided by India, the Minister remarked: 'If anyone is in a state of denial, anything we give will be denied'.

Chidambaram pointed that Pakistan's Geo TV had interviewed Ajmal's father and he had accepted on television that the terrorist is his son. 'What more evidence does one need', the Home Minister asked.

'The fact is that GEO TV has admitted of interviewing Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab's father, who has admitted Kasab as his son. Kasab has also written a letter seeking legal assistance from Pakistan. Now, what more evidence does Pakistan require', wondered Chidambaram.

Kasab is the lone terrorist captured alive s during the Nov 26 attacks when a group of 10 Pak based militants stormed Mumbai and killed nearly 200 people. Nine terrorists were gunned down in operations that lasted for over 60 hours.

The investigations into the Mumbai attack are in progress and are proceeding on right track, Chidambaram said.

-Asian Tribune -

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