Patna: While strongly criticising the Centre’s decisions to set up National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed displeasure over the reported ‘Bihar Module of Terrorism’.

Participating in a debate in the state Assembly on Thursday which was discussing the vote of thanks on Governor’s customary address to the joint sitting of the state legislature, Chief Minister Kumar said, “Now when Bihar is on the moving ahead on the path of development, people are talking about terrorism in the state.” The Chief Minister was backed by opposition parties for his stand over the controversy.

Moreover, both the ruling and opposition parties agreed to send an all party delegation to the Prime Minister to discuss the issues like terrorism and coal linkage for Bihar. 

Speaking in the house, the Chief Minister said, “The recent development in a backward state like Bihar has caught everyone’s attention, but the Centre is describing Bihar Module of terrorism. Terrorism should not be linked with any district, state or community. We are strictly against it.”

Opposition leader Abdul Bari Siddiqqi also supported Nitish Kumar’s views over the issue. Criticising the Center’s views over terrorism, Nitish further added, “Whenever a terrorist is arrested, does a state government or a community deny to cooperate with centre during investigation? Have you ever seen any minority community backing any of its members after his or her arrest for involvement in acts of teror. We are totally against the concept of the ‘Bihar Module of terrorism'. We are against NCTC, because it permits the Central agencies to directly arrest anyone in any part of the country. We do stand by Centre over the issue of fighting terrorism but formation of NCTC is a dangerous move.”