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IB to host top-level security meet on Malegaon blast fallout

A Correspondent in New Delhi | November 19, 2008 17:39 IST

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The Intelligence Bureau has convened a top level two-day brainstorming session with security officials in New Delhi [Images] on Saturday and Sunday to discuss the fallout of the probe into the Malegaon blast of September 29, 2008. The meeting will also consider strategies for tackling the suspected infiltration of Hindu fundamentalists into the Army and police.

The meeting, to be attended by the directors general of police of all 28 states and 35 joint directors of IB from all over the country, will also discuss the home ministry's bid to ban the Bajrang Dal for its alleged involvement in attacks on Christians in Orissa, Karnataka and other states, sources in the IB said.

They said the ongoing battle waged by Hindu fundamentalist outfits against Mumbai's Anti Terror Squad over the arrest of Sadhvi Pragya Thakur will also figure in the deliberations.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] will be interacting with the top security and intelligence officers from across the country twice, first over a lunch he is hosting for them on Saturday and again on Sunday when he will intervene in their discussions.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil [Images] will preside over the inaugural session. Those invited to join the deliberations include National Security Adviser M K Narayanan.

Sources said the Military Intelligence has been urged to depute a senior officer for a briefing on how the defence forces intend to tackle infiltration in the light of the arrest of Lt Col Srikant Purohit in the course of investigations into the Malegaon blast.

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