Deal firmly with terror: Chidambaram
Says the Centre is aware of the activities of four to five active terror groups in the State
Union Minister for Home P. Chidambaram has said the Centre is aware of ‘groups’ in Kerala that are supportive of terrorism and has cautioned the people and the government against organisations that preach fundamentalist views and has capacity to raise funds.
Replying to queries at a seminar ‘Threats of terrorism-impact on development,’ organised by the Institute of Social Research and Action here on Wednesday, Mr. Chidambaram said the main driving forces behind these ‘groups’ were the same and ‘hardcore fundamentalist leaders’ were behind them. The State should deal firmly with terror, he said.
Without naming the ‘groups,’ the Union Minister said the government was watching them carefully as they indulged in recruiting and training the youth for achieving their mission. “There are four to five groups. They resort to various ways such as running newspapers. In one case, they have the support of industrial groups. It is a short-sighted approach,” he said.
Mr. Chidambaram said the security agencies had arrested ‘a few’ from Kerala believed to have been active in these groups. The NIA is investigating several cases from Kerala and a few were absconding and evading law. “We are tracking the absconders and we will find them,” he said.
To another query, the Union Home Minister said he had put forward a proposal way back in 2009 that all other department from the Home Ministry should be shifted and that there should be a separate minister for internal security in view of the changing security scenario in the country.
“I would be happy if the other departments are carved out from the Home Ministry. But, I will be the happiest person if I am not that Minister for Internal Security,” Mr. Chidambaram said.
The Union Home Minister, in reply to another query, said all terrorist organisations were driven by misguided fundamentalists and they did not have any socio-political objective. They were misguided by the zeal for religion, he said.
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