Terrorism Is The Biggest Form Of Human Rights Violation: Home Minister Amit Shah

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday that terrorism is the most serious type of human rights violation, and that it is critical to eradicate the threat in order to defend people’s rights.

Mr. Shah, who was speaking at an event to mark the 13th foundation day of the National Investigation Agency (NIA),said the cases registered against terror funding in Jammu and Kashmir have helped to a great extent in curbing terrorism in the Union Territory.

“I believe there can’t be more human rights violation than terrorism. Terrorism is the biggest form of human rights violation. It is absolutely necessary to root out terrorism to protect human rights,” he said.

The Home Minister also said the Narendra Modi government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism and was working to root out the menace from India.

Because of the terror funding cases of Jammu and Kashmir registered by the NIA, it has become very difficult now to provide funds for terror acts there, Mr. Shah said.

The Home Minister also praised the NIA for taking tough measures against terror groups’ overground workers in Jammu and Kashmir, disrupting their logistical and supply linkages.

Mr. Shah also said that the national database on internal security is on progress, he added and said that the database on terrorism will go a long way in helping investigations and securing convictions of terror accused. He added NIA, the central anti-terror probe agency, National Intelligence Grid, and the Intelligence Bureau were working on this.

“Any data, if it is maintained in silos, is of no use, but if it is shared with each other and is analysed properly, it will be very helpful.” Shah lauded NIA for its investigation and its conviction rate in terror-related cases over the last 13 years.

NIA, which was formed in 2009 in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, has a conviction rate of 93% in its cases. It has investigated over 400 cases since 2009 and filed charge sheets in at least 349 of them.

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