NIA will 'fully choke' terrorists of foreign funding: Rajnath


Blaming the opposition Congress for blocking the bill for granting Constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC), Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the Modi government will not refrain from according constitutional status.

Complimenting the NIAs role in curbing terror acts in the country, the home minister said gathering evidence in terror cases was a challenging job but in 95 per cent cases, probed by the NIA, the accused got convicted. "As they carry the investigation in a professional way, there is no question mark on the investigation of the NIA".

The ongoing probe by the National Investigation Agency into a terror funding case has dealt a severe blow to the activities and operations of subversive elements as well as separatist leaders in the Kashmir Valley. Without naming Pakistan, the Home Minister said the "neighbouring nation" used to pump fake currency into the state to maintain disturbance.

Among the successes of the NIA include conviction of six persons by a Mumbai court for possessing and circulating Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN), conviction of 15 people, including former militants, elected representatives and government officials in two cases connected with terror- funding in Assam.

"He said militancy acts as a hindrance to development".

The world has started "realizing" that India will be among the top three economies and that its economy will have grown from $2 trillion to $5 trillion by 2030, he said at a passing out parade of the Central Industrial Security Force.

Speaking at the inauguration, Rajnath Singh praised the agency, saying it has established its credibility and impartiality in last eight years.

Despite opposition from the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress, internal reservation was given in Uttar Pradesh when he was the Chief Minister of the State (2000-02), Singh said.