India's Security Overhaul Continues After Mumbai

By Matthew Harwood

India continues to try to overhaul its security apparatus with two new pieces of legislation after at least 10 terrorists massacred approximately 170 people during a four-day murder spree that ended with all but one of the 10 known attackers dead.

“More police detectives, modern gadgets, and a national investigation agency are among a slew of measures India is taking to prevent militant attacks like the one on Mumbai last month that killed more than 170 people,” said Onkar Kedia, spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs, according to Thaindian News.

As Bloomberg reports, the India government has introduced a bill in Parliament today to create a National Investigation Agency, which “probes and prosecutes 'offences affecting the sovereignty, security and integrity' of the country." Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's cabinet passed the introduction of the bill yesterday. 

The government will also introduce an amendment to the Central Industrial Security Force Act that will allow India's paramilitary forces to guard vital private sector interests, reports India's Economic Times.

Ajai Sahni, executive director of the New Delhi-based Institute for Conflict Management, told Bloomberg that India needs to concentrate hiring more police officers. He estimates that India has 143 police officers for every 100,000 citizens.

Sahni called new legislation "purely symbolic," adding that it doesn't "have the capacity to contain terrorism."



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