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NIA crackdown on terror funding in Valley plays spoilsport for terrorists: Home Minister Rajnath Singh

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 percent.

Published: 10th October 2017 01:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th October 2017 08:50 PM   |  A+A-

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the NIA crackdown on terror funding in Kashmir Valley “sponsored from a hostile neighbouring country and their accomplices in third country bases” has dealt a blow to the morale of the inimical forces.

Inaugurating the headquarters building complex of the National Investigation Agency here, the Minister said the NIA has played a key role in making the country a safer place and shielded India from the onslaught of global terrorism.

Stating that fake Indian currency notes (FICN) act as "oxygen for terrorism", the Minister said, “The NIA is playing an effective role in curbing the flow of FICN and terror funding.”

"The crackdown by the NIA on flow of funds from our neighbouring country for financing terror activities in the state has dealt a blow to the morale of these forces (terrorists and separatists)," he said without directly naming Pakistan for its role in terror funding in the Valley.

Lauding the agency for achieving a conviction rate of 95 per cent, Singh said the NDA Government has initiated steps to grant full autonomy to the NIA in investigations. “Earlier the NIA sought the MHA’s nod to proceed for action, but I’ve directed that there is no need for MHA’s approval and NIA is free to act discretely. Even the next Director General of NIA has been appointed almost two months in advance that would facilitate a smooth transition,” he said.

“In eight years since its inception, the NIA has earned people’s confidence and trust by conducting fair, credible and professional investigation into some of the most audacious terrorist attacks. The NIA investigations have resulted into 95 per cent conviction rate. I am confident that the NIA will maintain its credibility and professionalism,” the Minister further said.

Terming terrorism as a curse to civil society and a roadblock to development efforts in democracies the world over, Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought the global community onboard in the fight against international terrorism.  

The NIA had earlier this year initiated a probe into the terror funding in Jammu and Kashmir from jehadi groups and agencies based in Pakistan.



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