NCTC’s special powers coming in action from 1st March

National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) is going to be operational from 1st of March, 2012 to strengthen the activities and investigations in the field of counter-terrorism.

P. Chidambaram, the Union Home Minister, got the project approved from the authorities almost three weeks ago. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has given the NCTC some special powers under the law. NCTC can arrest and initiate the investigation process on any suspicious person as deemed by the authorities under the section 34 (A) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967.

For the initial phase of NCTC operations, activities will take place from the office of Investigation Bureau (IB). It will kick off with three departments: collecting intelligence, analyzing intelligence, and conducting operational activities. Each of the departments will be headed by a joint director from the IB.

The special anti-terrorism center will respond and cater to any terrorist threats in India and has the legal right to take action without a prior notice and bring the accused to justice. NCTC will have the power to get information from Central Bureau of Investigation, National Technical Research Organization, National Investigation Agency, Agency of National Security Guards, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, NATGRID, and all other seven police agencies working within the country.

NCTC will maintain a comprehensive database of all terrorists, their allies, friends, and family members and keep track of their locations in the past.

Article reviewed on Oye! Times at www.oyetimes.com 

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