Cross-border collaboration is crucial to preventing cross-border terrorism, according to Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
On October 21, 2022, Union Home Minister Amit Shah recommended to Interpol that the establishment of ongoing real-time information exchange platforms for counterterrorism and antidrug enforcement would improve the member nations’ ability to coordinate and take consistent action against international threats.
Mr. Shah stated that India was dedicated to providing Interpol with all available technological and human help in this area during the closing session of the 90th General Assembly of Interpol.
The Home Minister referred to terrorism as the worst type of human rights violation and stated that a broad understanding of what constitutes “terrorism” and a “terrorist” would need to be reached. The narratives of “good” and “bad” terrorism, as well as “little” and “large,” would hinder the effort to combat the threat, which was a top concern for Interpol. Furthermore, it is impossible to consider the cross-border radicalization that results from internet radicalization as a political ideology.
India is dedicated to working with Interpol to achieve the goal of combating cross-border terrorism through “across the border collaboration,” according to Mr. Shah. “We should ensure that the battle against terrorism is persistent, comprehensive, and constant,” he added.
Mr. Shah said in several countries, Interpol’s nodal agencies and counter-terror organisations were different. For a united response, he suggested that there should be a permanent real-time information exchange line between the counter-terror agencies across the world. A similar approach was required to ensure effective action against the international drug trafficking networks, for which deeper cooperation among the countries, intelligence-based operations, regional maritime security accords and efficient anti-money laundering system were also essential.
“I would suggest that Interpol should prepare a plan for the next 50 years on the basis of its experience and achievements over the past 100 years,” he said, adding that a study team should be formed for the purpose and the plan should be reviewed and updated every five years for the benefit of enforcement agencies worldwide.
The Home Minister said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Central government was continuously taking measures to ensure that the police were always ready to face any challenge. These included establishment of National Forensic Science University; an inter-operable criminal justice system; and linking of e-courts, e-prisons, e-forensics and e-prosecution with the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems.
“The Indian government has also decided to create a national database on crimes such as terrorism, narcotics and economic offences…has established the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, I4C, to combat cyber-crime in a comprehensive manner,” he said.