//After Patil, now PM asks cops to gear up for terror threat

After Patil, now PM asks cops to gear up for terror threat

Express News Service & PTI

Friday, October 27, 2006

HYDERABAD, OCTOBER 26 : Terming terrorism as the most dangerous threat to the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said there was an “external dimension” to the internal threat and called upon the police to gear up to meet the new challenges.

“There are subversive forces at work. Economic globalisation and technological development have altered the nature of crime, giving rise to new forms of criminality,” he said after reviewing the passing out parade of the 58th batch of IPS probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy on the outskirts of the city.

Calling for improved coordination among the states and the use of best technologies to face the multitude of dangers, Singh said, “Today’s terrorists are most sophisticated having transnational linkages and adequate resources. Both knowledge and determination are required if we are to succeed against these elements.” The most dangerous threat to the country, he said, was terrorism.

“Only a deep understanding of the complexities of forces shaping our polity will enable you to handle your work in an efficient manner,” he told the police officers. Referring to the internal security challenges, Singh said, “We face not one single over-arching threat but a multitude of dangers. Problems are not confined to one state alone and often encompass several states. This requires not just improved coordination between states but also new modes of cooperation requiring the best use of technologies.”

Referring to the situation in the North-East, J&K and Naxal-hit states, he said the problems in these regions were different and a skillful approach was needed to tackle them. “All this will demand sensitive handling. Understand reasons for disaffection and alienation and you will find some answer to your challenges,” he told the officers.