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Terrorists operating in big cities: Patil
Tribune News Service & PTI

New Delhi, February 16
Amid reports of terrorist groups establishing legitimate businesses to fund their activities, the Central government on Friday said such outfits are making inroads into big cities and operating clandestinely.

“Terrorists are sneaking into big cities and operating clandestinely. They have been making their plans by hiding in the cities and will continue to do it,” Home Minister Shivraj Patil said here.

His comments came on the heels of National Security Advisor M K Narayanan’s remarks that some fictitious companies in stock markets of Mumbai and Chennai have been traced to terrorist groups. Patil said the influx of terrorists into major cities has a big impact on the national capital and asked its police force to remain on alert to frustrate designs to spread terror in the city.

“Delhi Police should maintain a high vigil,” he said at the force’s 60th Raising Day celebrations.

In the wake of the NSA’s comments, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Thursday said that all ‘precautionary measures’ were being taken.

The minister said the government was planning to provide insurance cover to all police personnel in the country in view of the increasing risks faced by them, including terror attacks.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil said though the government wanted to give insurance protection to all citizens, immediate priority would go to the men in uniform. “We are trying to do that,” he added.

“It will be good if we can extend insurance cover to all police personnel. We are willing to provide all assistance to them,” he said.

The minister also promised help in providing housing facilities to personnel of the Delhi Police to remove uncertainties in their minds about post-retirement life. “There are several personnel who do not have houses. This is a big issue for them as after retirement they will not be entitled to live in official accommodation,” he said mooting the idea for forming a housing cooperative society to address this issue.

“If a plan to this effect is put forward to us, we will help in acquiring land, arranging loans from banks and will also provide some monetary assistance,” he said amid applause by the policemen present.

He applauded the Delhi Police for increasing the number of women personnel in the force and asked them to adopt new technologies. 



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