NIA crackdown on flow of funds blow to terror groups: Rajnath

NIA crackdown on flow of funds blow to terror groups: Rajnath

"I will live up to your expectations, I will not let you down", he said while offering a vote of thanks at a function where the headquarters of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was inaugurated by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The Minister said being an autonomous body, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had done its job well in its crackdown on terrorists and separatists.

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Referring to the menace of counterfeit notes, he said "fake currency contributes to the rise of terrorism and high quality fake currency notes act as oxygen for terrorism". Mr Singh claimed that due to the sustained efforts of the security forces, at least five-six militants were being eliminated in the Valley every day.

Singh also said India has taken remarkable steps to highlight the menace of terrorism in the global forums and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in bringing worldwide community on board on the issue. Lauding the work of the probe agency for proving its credibility in the last eight-and-half years since its formation in 2008, Singh said the conviction rate of the agency was over 90 per cent. The first case was assigned to NIA in June, 2009 and by the end of July, 2017, a total 166 cases have been assigned to the NIA for investigation.

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The maximum number of cases, 63, pertained to "jihadi terrorism", followed by 41 cases of terror financing, 25 of insurgency in the Northeastern states, and 13 incidents of Left-wing extremism, Kumar said. Assuring full power as prescribed under the Constitution, MrSingh blamed Congress for creating hurdles to the passage of thebill, but said Prime minister Narendra Modi will give accordconstitutional status to it "at any cost".

Delivering the vote of thanks, Mr Y.C. Modi, who has been named the new NIA chief and will take charge later this month, said he would live up to the government's expectations and would not let it down in his new role.

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