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Will set up fast-track trial for terrorists: Congress

By A Correspondent in New Delhi
April 15, 2009 18:17 IST
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Congress poll affairs coordinator Jairam Ramesh said the party has already undertaken several steps to fight terrorism and committed to doing further to tackle the threat.

"Fighting terror is a long haul, and a number of high-impact measures that we have instituted will begin to bear fruit in the coming months and years," Jairam stressed.

A judicial task force on fast-track trial of terrorists, a permanent "war room" to manage crisis situations of national security threats and launch of a citizens' campaign against terror are promised to be additional initiatives by the Congress if voted back to power.

 "This is our pledge to the people of India," he said.

"We believe that it is only the Indian National Congress that can deal with the scourge of terrorism squarely and decisively but without weakening the delicate strands that have, together, bound our society for centuries," Jairam said.

He said many measures undertaken by the Congress-led UPA government have been drowned under the din of the opposition rhetoric and hence he would like to list them.

These include:

* Setting up a functional National Investigation Agency
* Establishing and activating a Multi Agency Centre (MAC) to ensure inter-agency collaboration
* Enacting a stronger Anti-Terrorism Law
* Setting up 20 Counter Insurgency and Anti-Terrorism Schools
* Establishing a network of NSG Hubs across the country
* Phased Implementation of a Multi-Purpose National Identity Card (MNIC) for all Indian citizens.

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A Correspondent in New Delhi