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Tougher anti-terror law on the anvil: Sonia

December 16, 2008 14:01 IST
Last Updated: December 16, 2008 15:03 IST

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New laws to combat terrorism 'more effectively' are on the anvil and the United Progressive Alliance government is holding discussions with its coalition partners and the opposition in this regard, Congress President Sonia Gandhi [Images] said in Kochi on Tuesday.

"New laws to deal with terrorism more effectively are on the anvil. Our ministers, the government are in the process of discussing all these with the opposition, with our coalition partners so that as soon as possible, we can go ahead with his plan," she said, addressing a session of the Kerala [Images] Pradesh Congress Committee.

Referring to the measures being taken by the Centre to fight terror including establishment of a National Investigation Agency and a new coastal command to ensure maritime security, Sonia said that 'in the coming weeks, the government will be coming out with some more measures'

The Congress chief said that on December 11, the Home Minister had assured Parliament that intelligence agencies were being revamped.

Sonia said after the Mumbai terror strikes, Parliament met and passed a resolution condemning the attacks. Through this resolution, India sent a powerful signal to its enemies and to the terrorists that the entire country is united in its resolve to combat terrorism, she said.

"Let nobody have any doubt about the determination of the Indian nation and the Indian National Congress to defeat the forces of terrorism," she said.

The Congress will deal with such forces in a 'befitting' manner, she said.

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