|NIA Investigating Hyderabad, India Blasts|
While using political class unanimous on strict action against terrorism, the government thinks it is the correct time to push the business. And in addition, both home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and external affairs minister Salman Khurshid made a pitch for NCTC on Friday.
Speaking with media persons on establishing NCTC, Khurshid said, "It's reliant on concern its political class. Stop looking at small political gains and choose the more expensive political goal."
In Rajya Sabha, Shinde urged states to agree for NCTC. While talking about the performance of security agencies considering the Hyderabad blasts, he explained, "Natgrid is functioning well along with cooperation, we have also amended the UAPA. Develop NCTC is on. If you would like, we could take out the operations part (of the agency) after which go forward."
The security establishment has strongly pitched for NCTC arguing that would cause better coordination and analysis of inputs gathered from various sources like the Centre and states and so be considered a bulwark against terror attacks.
"Whenever a significant terrorist incident occurs, hawaii governments say there was clearly no advance or specific input from the Intelligence Bureau. Another argument would be that the state police forces are not designed to counter threats of which magnitude. Basically, there is a not enough coordinated effort. NCTC will fill these gaps along with a powerful state force on the ground, it may be very effective," the state run from the security establishment said.
Hyderabad blasts were an antique instance of insufficient coordination where three intelligence inputs about impending attacks on places earlier recced by terrorists inside city were sent to the state of hawaii. This, coupled with a four-month-old information of Dilsukhnagar having been recced by IM operatives, really should have prevented the blast.
Government, however, is hopeful that NCTC may certainly be create which is prepared to concede some ground to states. Sources said home ministry is from the view that this operational part (power to arrest) of the agency could be done away with and it can also be kept out of Intelligence Bureau, both the sore points with states.
The NCTC was a brainchild of then home minister P Chidambaram, nonetheless its constitution was deferred indefinitely following strong opposition from various states, particularly those ruled by non-Congress parties.
On Friday, there are guarded responses from opposition too for the issue. While BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar skirted the situation saying NCTC was not the issue but government's failure to do something on specific intelligence was, BJP leader Balbir Punj was quoted by agencies as saying, "Congress continues to be considering vote bank politics. They have got sent a wrong message. Combat terror gets compromised. They repealed POTA. But any anti-terror mechanism is welcome. Country doesn't always have the resolve. It's not about shrill but resolve."