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Gear up to fight terrorism: PM to states
July 20, 2006 13:56 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked the states to gear up to meet the challenges posed by terrorism and Naxalism.
In a message that comes close on the heels of the Mumbai blasts and the killing of several policemen in Chhattisgarh, the prime minister underlined that responses in the past have been inadequate.
"We need to gear ourselves to meet these challenges. Business cannot be carried on as usual. We just recognise that past responses are inadequate in dealing with these problems which are of a different intensity, magnitude, scale and scope," he told the chief secretaries of the state governments.
The prime minister said these incidents have brought out the extent of penetration of terrorist elements. "We cannot allow them to succeed and get away with their crimes," he said.
"We need to marshal all our resources, utilise all available technology and improve the capabilities of our manpower in meeting these challenges," Dr Singh said.
He noted that he had said in the past that Naxalism is 'probably the single biggest challenge' to the country's internal security.