Police chiefs to discuss IS spread, deradicalisation

Ahmedabad, Dec 18 (IANS) The annual conference of state police chiefs was on Friday inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a village near the India-Pakistan border in the Rann of Kutch to discuss and review various internal security issues, including the IS threat.

The 50th All-India Directors-General/Inspectors General of Police Conference, which will last till Sunday, is being held at Dhordo village, 80 km from district headquarters of Bhuj and 180 km from the border. It is also the venue of the state government’s colourful “Rann Utsav”, which is ongoing and will go on till February 29.

According to Gujarat Director General of Police P.C. Thakur, the meet will discuss internal tolerance, IS’s spread, and what kind of steps could be taken to “de-radicalise Indian Muslims, as well as prevent them falling prey to the malicious propaganda” of the global terror outfit.

The conference, organised by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), has all heads of various police and other security agencies participating.

Apart from police chiefs of all the states and union territories, it also has heads of the National Investigation Agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation, IB, the Narcotics Control Bureau, and various police training academies.

Senior officers of paramilitary forces like Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force and the Central Industrial Security Force are also present.

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