The lack of coordination between investigating agencies came to light when National Investigation Agency (NIA) decided to pull out of the Mumbai triple blasts probe following the rift with Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra Police. It is highly disappointing that the investigators are at loggerheads instead of finding the lead of the serial blasts. The investigating agencies must know that terrorism is not restricted to a particular region only rather it has posed a big threat to the entire country. The Centre and the Maharashtra government should explain why did such situation emerge when the NIA had to return from Mumbai? What is the preciseness of state government’s objection, when it is obvious that any terror attack would be probed by the NIA? It is worth mentioning that the NIA was formed solely to investigate terror-related issues and the rule was made to empower that the Centre to have solemn right to investigate terror-related attacks by the NIA. It is profound irony that after the Mumbai terror attack in 2008, not a single terror incident has been probed by the NIA, except for the Pune blasts. The Central dispensation should explain why does it happen? It needs to clarify why so called Hindu terror issues are generally handed over to the NIA. Does it mean that the NIA has been formed merely for tracking Hindu terrorists?

If there is no coherance between NIA and ATS of Mumbai Police, it will be more difficult to fend off terrorism. It looks odd that alongwith discordant relation between investigators, there is also lack of coordination between the state governments led by same party over terrorism. In the face of incompatibility between intelligence and investigating agencies, it is unlikely that a system like America’s federal police would see the light of day in India. It is fair that law and order comes under the jurisdiction of respective state, but given the gravity of terror menace, a federal policing system is required to meet the challenge of terrorism. This is only possible when the Centre and state governments overcome parochial politics and personal gains.