Northern states agree to appoint nodal officers to tackle interstate crime



Shimla: In a high level interstate police official meet of the Northern states held here yesterday, it was decided to appoint nodal officers in each state to tackle crime like fake currency, narcotics, wildlife trade and flesh trade. It was also decided for greater coordination and response teams to tackle the organised crime among the member states.

The meeting called by Himachal Pradesh Police was attended by police officers from six Northern states and a union territory. Later briefing media about the outcome and purpose of first such type of joint meeting, State Additional Director General of Police I.D. Bhandari disclosed that states have decided to appoint a nodal officer of the rank of IG and DIG to adopt tandem approach for sorting out criminal cases having inter-state relevance. He also said that this decision was reached on after feeling paucity of coordination for speedy responses and proper handling of resources among the states.

Further, he said that states also decided to strengthen intelligence networking and sharing intelligence inputs about crime in the region, so that criminals could not take advantage of wide geographical and administrative boundaries between the states. Highlighting that fake currency rackets expending its tentacles vigorously in the region, he said that it was the major issue for the discussion today as officials stressed the need to jointly tackle the menace after sharing key information and reports with each other. Himachal Pradesh IG (Intelligence) A.P. Siddqui said that security of vital installations; terrorism, internal security and human trafficking were prominent matter, which were discussed between the states.

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