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Need pan-India number for intelligence gathering: Kiran Bedi

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

Former IPS and today pitched for a pan- toll free number to gather intelligence on crime and security.

Speaking at a seminar on national security here, said she had set up such a number in and it was working effectively.

"We should have a dedicated pan-toll free number for criminal intelligence gathering to tackle the issue of internal security. We need to make everybody a stakeholder in order to augment internal as well as external security," said the former IPS

On the toll free number, she said confidentiality of those who call in must be maintained and it could even have a reward system for such people.

She said that radicalisation was one of the main challenges to internal security and that "we as a system" were falling short of tools to handle it.

"Outfits (extremist groups) establishing links with local political parties is becoming a law and order issue for the administration and police," said.

Speaking on the occasion, former High to Pakistan, TCA Raghavan, said national security could not be confined to a couple of cities.

"Our external environment and regional environment is evolving all the time and we should not leave national security to a few people, a small fraternity of foreign policy experts or strategic thinkers. It is something which every citizen has to be engaged in on a regular basis," he said.

On the subject of 'The Afghanistan Factor', Raghavan said needed to develop a strong narrative on it as it was more of a tactical war than an actual one.

"All the ground operations, incursions etc are on a tactical level rather than strategic," he said.

Lieutenant (retd) Syed Ata Hasnain, former Commanding of the 15 Corps based in Srinagar, said "no war is going to happen with China".

"China, Pakistan's collusive threat, if at all, is going to be (in the form) of hybrid or cyber war rather than a conventional one," the retired said.

While, spoke about aerospace, (retd) explained how India could play a strategic role in the Region.

They were participating in a seminar titled "National Security-Opportunities and Challenges" organised by the Centre for Advanced Strategic Studies, group of hospitals.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 19:05 IST