On Monday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah presided over a high-level conference to examine the country’s internal security situation, emphasising the threat of terrorism and the necessity for collaboration between central and state authorities.
Through video conference, key officials from central agencies and forces, as well as police officials from several states, joined the meeting.
“Highlighting the ongoing risks of terrorism and global terror groups, terror financing, narco-terrorism, the organised crime-terror nexus, unlawful use of cyberspace, and the migration of foreign terrorist combatants, among other things.” In dealing with the ever-changing CT and security problems, the Home Minister emphasised the importance of enhanced coordination and synergy among the central and state security agencies,” according to a statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said.
The meeting took place only days after security services indicated there were signs that the Ludhiana court blast last month was linked to Khalistani and narco-terrorist elements operating out of Pakistan. On December 23, a blast inside the Ludhiana District Court Complex killed one person and injured several others.
The meeting on Monday was a periodic review organised by the Multi-Agency Centre of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), according to sources, but it was unusual for a home minister to participate.
“In 2012, a home minister attended the MAC meeting for the first time.” So it’s noteworthy in that the home minister wants to maintain a close check on the country’s intelligence-sharing apparatus and closely monitor internal security developments,” a Home Ministry official said on condition of anonymity.
The Central Intelligence Agency (MAC) serves as a clearinghouse for intelligence acquired by various agencies and police forces across the country.
Officials stressed, however, that the gathering did not focus on a single problem. “The gathering was not focused on any one case or occurrence in particular.”Various topics involving the country’s internal security were discussed,” another official added on condition of anonymity.
The meeting was also attended by members of the armed forces’ intelligence wings, as well as revenue and financial intelligence organisations.