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NIA to come into being today
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

  • New terror law comes into force.
  • Nodal central agency will share intelligence with states.
  • Round-the-clock information-sharing system activated.
  • Special schools for training men in counterinsurgency soon
  • More NSG hubs on anvil
  • Coming: Naval coastal command 

New Delhi, December 31
In a New Year gift - which will bolster security and help combat terror in speedy and effective manner - to the people of the country, the government today announced that national investigative agency (NIA) would start functioning from tomorrow.

Home Minister P Chidambaram, while talking to the mediapersons here, said the Presidential assent for the NIA Bill and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, passed by Parliament, had been received and the government would issue order tomorrow constituting NIA and soon a director general, NIA, would be appointed.

The amended Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, that is equipped to deal with terror-related crimes, will be enforced from today. The government also announced that a 24X7 countrywide intelligence sharing system has been activated from today. In 2001, the government had established a multi- agency centre (MAC) in the IB as a nodal agency for intelligence. On Wednesday, an executive order has been issued to ensure that the MAC shares intelligence with all other agencies, states and vice-versa. For the purpose, all state capitals will get MAC offices, ensuring real-time sharing on terrorism, threats and offences across the country.

More bulletproof jackets were being purchased and funds for 27 roads along the Indo-China border had been released. Also, the Ministry of Defence will be setting up a new coastal command to control the high seas.

Chidambaram said the NIA will get its DG in a few days. A series of crimes have been designated that will be probed by the NIA. The officers of the NIA will have all powers, privileges and liabilities, which the police officers have in connection with investigation of any offence. This is one of the significant powers. The NIA officials will have same powers across the country which are given to an SHO of a police station under the section 154 of the CrPC.

Cases to be taken up by the NIA would be decided by a committee of two judges, who will decide the merit of the cases within seven working days and the government will take a decision in as many days.

Chidambaram said the work is in progress to set up 20 counterinsurgency and anti-terrorism schools in the country, offering specialised training to the personnel. The Ministry of Home will the soon bring before the cabinet a note on establishing hubs of the National Security Guards (NSG) in four main cities of the country. “More such hubs will be set up in other cities as well,” the minister said.

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