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'The police are fighting a lonely battle'

Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi | July 26, 2008 22:47 IST

An experienced intelligence officer and an expert on Pakistan told rediff.com that Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence has strengthened its bases in Nepal and Bangladesh after General Ashfaq Kyani took over as army chief in Pakistan.

He reacted with anguish to the Bangalore and Ahmedabad blasts. He said, "Why do you ask us to comment whenever blasts occur? We, the police of  India, are not at all getting any support from "system" or the Indian media. People forget that terrorism is the battle that cannot be fought only with the help of the police. In last five years the Indian police are fighting a lonely battle."

A serving intelligence officer said that in absence stringent anti-terror laws, terrorists, who have built formidable network in India, are not afraid.

On the blasts in two of India's fastest growing cities, he said, "These blasts are a proclamation by the terrorists that they have a robust infrastructure within India. The message is for Indian police and the Indian establishment. Two, they are trying to create panic so that communal riots can be sparked off."

When asked why Indian investigators not getting enough evidence against militants and winning in courts, he said police officers are reluctant to investigate terrorist cases because the political establishment is not ready to support policemen who take risks beyond the call of duty.






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