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Rising jehadi threat: Need for a federal police system in India
It was only last month that a jehadi module of ISIS that was responsible for a low intensity blast in Ujjain passenger, was busted in Uttar Pradesh. One jehadi of this module was killed in Lucknow and seven others were arrested from Kanpur. They were planning a major terror strike but were apprehended in time.

Recently, UP Police Anti Terrorist Squad, along with the help of police from five other states nabbed one jehadi each from Mumbai, Bijnor and Jalandhar and seven of their associates. This module of ISIS was also planning a big terror strike, but was again nipped in the bud. There is also an intelligence alert that a group of ten jehadis has entered India from West Asia with an aim to harm PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.

It is very difficult to nab the jehadis working for ISIS. The main reason is that these modules do not have any direct contact with the ISIS. They take motivation from ISIS literature orthroughsocial media but operate in their own way. There is no set pattern. ISIS has been encouraging these modules world over to operate on their own, singly or in a group. ISIS does not fund them or provide logistics. These modules arrange money on their own by selling their assets or finding a local sponsor.

Earlier, Indian netas used to proudly say that there is no Al Qaeda follower in India which was in fact true. However, things have rapidly changed with the advent ofsocial media. Now, Muslim youth from Kerala are operating for the ISIS in Afghanistan while the youth from Maharashtra in Iraq and Syria.

It is time Indian political masters stop being ostriches and lift their heads out of the sand. When law and order was made a state subject by our Constitution at the time of independence, India did not face any jehadi terror threat. Even the world had not heard of Jehadi terror.

But in the current situation, the whole world is under jehadi threat as almost on a daily basis, some ISIS-motivated jehadi singly or in a group, attacks innocent people in public places, leaving them either injured or killed. We in India cannot any longer carry on with our archaic police system just hoping for the best. We must change with time.

It is OK that state police forces should be strengthened, but a federal police force is now an absolute necessity. A forcewith all India responsibility and with undisputed powers to arrest and question any jehadi. Without such a force, all our efforts against jehadi terror would remain incomplete. National Investigating Agency (NIA) can perform this role very well with enhanced powers.

Similarly, all police stations of India must be connected with the internet, what would be called a Net Grid. A Counter Terror Centre (CTC) must be established at Delhi and the NIA should come under this CTC. The Indian intelligence agencies must have better coordination with the state police forces and withthis CTC. A separate ministry in the government at the Centre should be created by the name Internal Security Ministry. All intelligence units and CTC should come under this ministry.

All this is possible if the Constitution is amended to bring jehadi terror in the concurrent list of the Centre and the states. All that is needed is political will. Our netas must also get over their often repeated dialogue that 'terror has no religion' asthe ISIS has changed this discourse and given a religion to its own brand of terror.

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