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Software sector on terrorists’ hit list: home secy

Posted by :) on December 10, 2009


New Delhi: Home secretary G K Pillai on Wednesday said the country’s globally acclaimed software industry was high on terrorists’ hit list and sensitive installations like atomic plants and refineries located on the coast were vulnerable to terror attacks.
“We are world leaders in software. But software industry is high on the threat list,” Pillai said at a conference on ‘Challenge of Terrorism to India’s Infrastructure and Economy’.
Referring to new challenges in the context of what security agencies came to realise after the arrest of USbased terror duo David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, Pillai said the time had come to “think the unthinkable” as terrorists were adopting new strategies to breach the country’s security.
“As we have seen from the David Headley case, one can still slip through the radar… because we are not looking for them. This is one of the big problems. Because nobody would look for a US citizen, with a US passport and a business visa, you would not think that he is a terrorist,” he said.
The home secretary said if it could happen with a US national, it could happen with citizens of any other country and favoured necessary steps to deal with such cases.
On threat on India’s software industry, Pillai said all IT companies in India were now realising this fact and they were taking their own measures to protect themselves. “The government is also in partnership with many of the companies to provide adequate security (to foil any attempt by terrorists to target them),” he said.
Stating that petroleum and nuclear installations located on the western coast were highly vulnerable, the home secretary said steps were being taken to protect the country’s 7,500 km-long coastline through multi-layered security apparatus.“We have been trying to plug the loopholes in coastal security. There is a series of highly attractive installations on the west coast. No doubt it is still vulnerable,” he said.
Govt to step up N-plant security
The government has decided to review the security set-up at the nuclear and power installations across the country besides other vital buildings in view of intelligence inputs indicating terror threats. Home ministry sources said a security audit of all nuclear installations and power plants, especially those along the western and eastern coasts of the country, is being carried out jointly by the Intelligence Bureau and CISF.


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