Natgrid would deter terror attacks: Sushilkumar Shinde

New Delhi, Dec 19 : Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Thursday expressed hope that the National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid) centre in Delhi would function as a deterrent against terrorism in the country.

"The National Intelligence Grid is an integral intelligence system that will plug our vulnerabilites by upgrading and enhancing our capability to detect and respond to such threats at the earliest," Shinde said while laying the foundation stone of the data centre and main office in Vasant Kunj area of south Delhi.

This is the second centre of Natgrid after Bangalore -- which will work as a disaster recovery centre.

A home ministry official said the Natgrid data centre will use cutting-edge technology to help strengthen intelligence and law enforcement agencies' ability to detect terrorist activity, and swiftly piece together information that could help pre-empt attacks or find the perpetrators if an attack does take place.

"The government has ensured that there is no repeat of the 26/11 type of attack. 2013 witnessed four bomb blast cases. Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bodh Gaya and Patna suffered from terrorist violence," Shinde said.

The home minister expressed happiness that the Bangalore, Bodh Gaya and Patna blast cases have been solved.

"For our men and women who ensure the internal security of the nation, effective and timely intelligence is often what stands between saving precious lives and a possible disaster," he said.

"It is for this reason that our government resolved to create a tool that would support the intelligence and law enforcement agencies in the vital work that they do," the minister added.

--IANS (Posted on 19-12-2013)

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