Centre mulls arming NIA to probe terror incidents overseas

Probe agencies some foreign countries already have a legal mechanism to can carry out parallel probe abroad when their nationals are killed in a terror incident.

Published: 22nd November 2016 07:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd November 2016 07:09 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Centre has mooted a proposal to enable the National Investigation Agency to register a case and carry out investigation abroad if an Indian citizen is killed or injured in a terror act overseas.
    
Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir revealed the information to the effect while replying to written questions in the Lok Labha on Tuesday.
    
"A proposal to enable the NIA to take up investigation of scheduled offences committed beyond India is being put out for public consultations," the minister said in a brief reply to a question asked by BJP MP Anurag Thakur whether Government is considering to grant powers to NIA to conduct probe on attacks on Indians and properties abroad.
    
Probe agencies like FBI of the US and Scotland Yard of UK besides the federal agencies of Germany and Israel already have a legal mechanism to can carry out parallel probe abroad when their nationals are killed in a terror attack.
    
FBI had registered separate cases in 1995 abduction of foreign tourists in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Airlines flight IC-814 hijacking case and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack as its citizens were either injured or killed in these terror incidents.
    
Parallel probes will depend on India’s relations with the particular country where the terror incident will occur, sources said.
    
Once such a provision is included in the NIA Act, it will help the agency in quickly moving a request to the foreign country for allowing its team to carry out a parallel investigation, the sources added.
 

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