“Because they are silent and largely invisible, little appreciation will come their way. Given the size of our population and the territory, the size of our intelligence agencies is modest. They are engaged in intelligence gathering not only in respect of terrorists. They are required to gather intelligence about infiltrators, insurgents, Left Wing Extremists and peddlers of fake Indian currency,” Chidambaram said while inaugurating the three-day DGPs/IGPs conference organized by the Intelligence Bureau in New Delhi.
“Yet, the intelligence agencies have achieved significant successes in the battle against terrorism. Since 26/11, security forces and intelligence agencies have neutralised 51 terror modules. To illustrate, Abdul Latif and Riyaz who were planning to attack ONGC installations were arrested in Mumbai in March, 2010. Zia ul Haque was arrested in Hyderabad in May 2010 and a major terrorist action against a multinational company was disrupted.”
“A 10 member SIMI module was busted in Madhya Pradesh in June, 2011 and their plan to assassinate three judges was foiled,” he added.
Chidambaram also said that he has compiled a list of 48 terrorist cases since 2000.
“Of these, 37 cases have been charge sheeted and these include some cases taken over by the NIA where it has become necessary to further investigate the case. Out of the 37 cases, convictions have been obtained in 8 cases from Courts in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chandigarh. That leaves 11 yet-unsolved cases,” the Home Minister said.
“This is not a record to be scoffed at, although I agree that we ought to do better and I am sure that the state police forces will do better to investigate, charge sheet and obtain convictions of the terrorists,” he added. (ANI)