State in touch with Centre for NIA unit in Mangaluru: Home minister | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Home minister Araga Jnanendra said that the government is seriously taking into consideration the demand for the setting up a unit of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Mangaluru.
“Our MLAs from the coastal district suggested during chief minister Basavaraj Bommai’s visit to Mangaluru recently, that a unit of the NIA should be set up in Mangaluru. The demand will be considered on priority, and we are in touch with the central government on the issue too. Police have already taken several measures to prevent terror activities in the region. We are also discussing adopting stringent measures,” the home minister said.
On the sidelines of an official review meeting held here on Friday, the home minister said that coastal Karnataka’s links to terror outfits is not a new development. “The region has been witnessing instances of terror related activities for the past several years. I have directed the police to keep a vigil on such activities. The government has considered the issue very seriously,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) appealed to the home minister to initiate steps to curtail anti-national and anti-social activities in the coastal region. Submitting a memorandum to the minister, VHP divisional secretary Sharan Pumpwell said an NIA unit in Mangaluru is the need of the hour.


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