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DGPs' meet discusses Naxal violence, counter-terror action

PM Modi sat through the deliberations in the entire session


Violence perpetrated by the Maoists, action against terror modules and cyber crime were some of the issues that figured prominently at the conference of DGPs here on Saturday attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, DGPs of all states and union territories, DGs of central police organisations and 350 other senior police officers attended the second day of the three-day conference.

The prime minister sat through the deliberations in the entire session on Saturday, an official said.

The conference discussed a wide range of issues, including cyber crime, counter-terrorism challenges, left wing extremism and emerging trends in narcotics trafficking, the official said.

Since 2014, the prime minister has taken a keen interest in the conference of the director generals of police (DGPs).

Unlike the symbolic presence earlier, he makes it a point to attend all sessions of the conference and encourages free and informal discussions that provide an opportunity to top police officials to directly brief the prime minister on key policing and internal security issues affecting the country, another official said.

The conference, organised by the Intelligence Bureau, is being held in hybrid format. The DGPs of states and other police organisations attended the conference physically here, while the remaining invitees participated virtually from 37 different locations across the country.

As envisioned by the prime minister, since 2014, the annual conferences, which used to be customarily organised in Delhi, have been organised outside Delhi with an exception of the year 2020 when the conference was held virtually.

The conference has been organised in Guwahati in 2014, Dhordo, Rann of Kutch in 2015, National Police Academy, Hyderabad in 2016, BSF Academy, Tekanpur (Madhya Pradesh) in 2017, Kevadiya (Gujarat) in 2018 and IISER, Pune in 2019.

There has been considerable changes in the format, topics covered, deliverables at the meet since 2014.

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