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Indian Cabinet approves strengthening of intelligence networks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Sept 18, IRNA


The special cabinet meeting on internal security has approved the recommendations of the Home Ministry on strengthening the existing security apparatus.

The cabinet has also decided to form a committee to review anti terrorism laws in the country.

After a nearly three hour meeting Wednesday night, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee came out with a brief statement but there was no word whether a minister for internal security is being appointed as widely speculated.

"The Union Cabinet was briefed by Home Minister Shivraj Patil. He has suggested measures. Those measures have been approved by the Cabinet," Mukherjee said without elaborating.

Reports indicate the measures proposed by Home Ministry included strengthening of the intelligence networks, enhancing policing capacities and modernization of police forces.

The meeting was convened in the backdrop of last week's Delhi blasts that claimed 24 lives and after the Government came under attack from the opposition over its handling of internal security.

In the wake of the opposition onslaught on Patil, the Cabinet felt there was no need for "knee-jerk reaction" as political parties will take advantage of such situations.

The Cabinet felt that home-grown terrorism is a situation which has to be dealt with.

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