New Delhi: The non-Congress states on Monday opposed formation of
the NCTC, saying that it will infringe upon the duties of the state police
forces. Representaties from Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Bihar voiced their
concern at the high-level meeting chaired by home secretary RK Singh in
which state chief secretaries, home secretaries and police chiefs were
Sources attending the meeting said that the states were
opposing the formation of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) on
the ground that the role of state police would be minimised in
They said the representatives of the
states opposed the move, saying that the Intelligence Bureau was already
performing the job and there was no need to give power of arrest as
proposed in the new counter-terror unit.
Chiefs of anti-terror
units were also present at the meeting.
Over a dozen chief
ministers have opposed the creation of the NCTC, maintaining that it would
hurt the federal structure of the country.
Odisha chief minister
Naveen Patnaik and Tamil Nadu chief ninister J Jayalalitha have asked
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convene a meeting of chief ministers to
discuss the issue.
In the wake of strong protests by non-Congress
chief ministers, the Centre has put on hold the operationalisation of the
NCTC from March 1 and has decided to discuss the issue with the state
In a letter to 10 chief ministers, home minister P
Chidambaram has assured them that the "next steps" on the NCTC would be
taken only after the meeting of top officials of the states.
home ministry officials tried to allay the apprehensions of the states,
which said empowering the NCTC with Section 43 (A) of the Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act would infringe on the states' powers. Section
43(A) of Act gives an officer power to arrest and search.
in his letter, had said the powers conferred under Section 43 (A) of thh
Act must be read with the duty under Section 43 (B) to produce the person
or article without unnecessary delay before the nearest police station
(which will be under the state government).
He had also said the
SHO of the police station will take further action in accordance with the
provisions of the CrPC.
Patnaik, who had spearheaded the protests
on the ground that it would erode the states' powers, in his third letter
on the NCTC to the Prime Minister, had opposed the meeting of officials.
is imperative that instead of a meeting chaired by the Union Home
Secretary, an immediate meeting of chief ministers may be called by you to
address the concerns of the states on this very urgent matter regarding
the security of the nation," he had told the Prime Minister.
and Janata Dal-U, which rules Bihar, had also expressed similar