Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Fake currency notes act as oxygen to terrorism: Rajnath Singh

Fake currency notes act as oxygen to terrorism: Rajnath Singh

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the NIA Hqrs Office Complex here tomorrow.

The Minister said being an autonomous body, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had done its job well in its crackdown on terrorists and separatists. The agency has so far arrested 10 people, including Altaf Shah alias Fantoosh, son-in-law of pro-Pakistani separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and influential businessman Zahoor Watali. The NIA, which began operations in Hotel Centaur, New Delhi and thereafter shifted its Headquarters at the 7th Floor, NDCC-II Building, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi on June, 2013.

Of the 166 cases, 63 cases pertain to "jihadi" terrorism, 25 to terrorist acts by North East insurgents, 41 to cases of terror financing and fake currency, 13 to cases involving Left-wing extremism while the remaining 24 cases relate to other miscellaneous terrorist acts or gangs, he said.

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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".

The Home Minister also hailed the NIA's role in curbing the menace of fake currency which acted as oxygen for "militancy". He lauded the NIA's "good coordination" with central investigation agencies, anti-terror squads and police forces of state governments. "Hence, the CISF should maintain its core competence against terrorism so that our strategic installations do not come under attack by anti-India forces", he said.

"I will soon take up the demand for setting up the Vishwakarma Community Development Corporation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to celebrate Vishwakarma Jayanthi across the country", he assured the backward community on the occasion. "The NIA has established its credibility and impartiality in last eight years through professional and scientific investigation", he said.

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