The National Investigation Agency (NIA) celebrated its ninth foundation Day here on Wednesday in the presence of Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu. Chief Guest, Mr Naidu delivered the fourth RV Raju Memorial Lecture on the topic “National Security Challenges in 21st Century”.
Mr Naidu highlighted the major threats to the global peace and security in general and India in particular. He enumerated a number of measures which can be adopted to effectively meet the challenges to the national security in the 21st century.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in his brief address, expounded the firm commitment of the government to fight terrorism and extremism in all its facets.
Applauding the role of NIA in providing an effective response to terrorism, Mr Singh assured that the Agency would be provided necessary wherewithal for fulfilling its mandate.
NIA came in existence in January 2009, in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attack in 2008. In the last nine years, a total of 185 cases have been taken up by the NIA for investigation. Of the 185 cases, 64 cases pertain to ‘jehadi’ terrorism, 26 terrorist acts by North East insurgents, 42 cases of terror financing and fake currency, 15 cases involving Left Wing Extremism while the remaining 38 cases relate to other miscellaneous terrorist acts or gangs.
At present, out of total 185 cases, charge sheets have been filed in 148 cases; of these, in 37 cases, the trial has concluded and judgments have been pronounced, whereby convictions have been secured in 35 cases. The most important achievement of the NIA has been the high measure of public confidence and credibility that the organization has been able to earn due to the professional investigations it has conducted.
Several cases involving complex and high-profile terrorist attacks including, among others, the Delhi High Court blast in September 2011. Hyderabad twin blasts in February 2013, Bodh Gaya blast inJuly 2013, Patna serial blasts case in October 2013, Burdwan blast case in October 2014, Pathankot terror attack case January 2016, Delhi ISIS case in January 2016 and J & K terror funding case in June 2017 have been successfully investigated by the NIA and have been put up for judicial determination in the concerned courts.