The Minister said being an autonomous body, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had done its job well in its crackdown on terrorists and separatists.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that he has ordered Indian soldiers not to fire at their Pakistani counterparts first, however, give them a fitting reply by "firing countless bullets" if Pakistan opened fire. "Some people say the NIA has partially succeeded in stopping foreign terror funding". He also termed terrorism as a "curse" that no civilised country can accept. At least eight separatist leaders have been arrested since July.
Earlier, Director General CISF - O P Singh said that "We (CISF) are working towards nurturing our core underlying qualities like discipline, turnout, physical fitness and tactical soundness that render us the vital edge in our functioning".
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Singh said five to six terrorists were killed in Jammu and Kashmir every day because of sustained efforts of the Army, paramilitary forces and other security agencies. In 95 per cent of its cases, the accused get conviction, he said. He hailed the NIA's role in curbing the menace of fake currency which he said acted as oxygen for terrorism.
Describing terrorism as a hurdle to development, he said the NDA government had taken several steps to tackle the problem, including highlighting the issue in worldwide forums. Ahead of his address, the agency chief Sharad Kumar said a total of 166 cases from 26 states and union territories were assigned to the NIA over the past 8 years - since its inception after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. He lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing the global community on board on the issue of terrorism.
The maximum number of cases, 63, pertained to "jihadi terrorism", followed by 41 cases of terror financing, 25 of insurgency in the Northeastern states, and 13 incidents of Left-wing extremism, Kumar said.