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Strike fear into the minds of criminals, KPS Gill tells Govt

Press Trust of India

Posted: Jan 24, 2002 at 1159 hrs IST

Blaming the "soft nature and under-preparedness" of the Government for the terrorist attack on the American center in Kolkata, super cop K.P.S. Gill has said the country is in danger of being the target of more such assaults if it does not take immediate measures to "create fear in the minds of criminals."

"The attacks in Kolkata and on Parliament have underscored the level of under-preparedness of the State and Central Governments. We seem to be blundering from crisis to crisis," Gill, former director general of police, said. He was delivering a lecture on 'Changing Perspectives on Regional security in South Asia' organised by Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre.

"The government has not realised that we have a crisis. Unless we create fear in the minds of criminals, our security level will continue to go down," Gill, who played a key role rooting out terrorism from Punjab, said.

Gill added, West Bengal had not learnt anything from Punjab. Drawing attention to Bangladesh-based terrorist groups, the super-cop, said, "They are relying more on ISI operators and the Bangladesh government for carrying out their operations."

Describing the infiltration from Bangladesh as a "problem since the pre-independence days" Gill pointed out that "groups in Bangladesh which make demands for re-drawing the boundaries between India and that country are becoming more vocal now".

Hinting at the possibility of Pakistan being behind the Kolkata attack, he said, "Use of terrorism as a weapon by Pakistan stems from the hatred they have towards India. No amount of peace missions can remove that."

Gill said declaring war against Pakistan seems to be the only option in "this state of despair". He added though Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf condemned the attacks "it is impossible to believe it when ISI is coordinating terrorism of Islamic fundamentalists in many countries including China and Bangladesh".

Criticising the US for having "dialogues with jehadis" Gill said these "show the intellectual dishonesty of the US. Their sympathy is not genuine".

Charging the government with following obsolete methods for counter-attacks, Gill said, "There is no desire in the system to do some innovative thinking. Instead of importing weapons, we should develop it indigenously." Echoing Gill, former parliamentarian M.L. Sondhi accused the West Bengal government of being "oblivious to security threats".

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