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PM for federal crime agency to fight terror
Sagar Kulkarni in Bagdogra | May 17, 2008 18:32 IST
In the backdrop of Jaipur serial blasts, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] on Saturday advocated the need for creation of a Federal Crime Agency, a proposal which has failed to materialise because of "reluctance" of states to "surrender" powers.
Dr Singh said the terror incidents should not become an issue of politicking and parties like Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party should put their minds together to see how the problem can be addressed.
On the Jaipur blasts, he refused to blame the intelligence agencies, saying terrorists "can surprise us" and that is the "reality".
Responding to questions at a press conference in Bagdogra, Dr Singh said creation of a Federal Crime Agency was the need of the hour as terrorism and several white-collar crimes have inter-state aspects.
He, however, said this proposal could not be implemented as there is "reluctance" on part of states to "surrender their powers."
He was quick to add that he was not apportioning blame on states, but the matter had to be looked into.