Home Ministry’s instructions to the Delhi police after the terrorist attack on Israeli Embassy car to install CCTV cameras at every crossings in the Capital suggests their lackluster approach towards internal security. This also suggests that Delhi police has no plan at all despite much criticism on the issue after recent terror attack in the premises of the Delhi High Court. It is obvious that the instructions for installing CCTV cameras given immediately after the Delhi High Court blasts were not followed. Is this not the height of their carelessness that CCTV cameras were not installed even at highly sensitive zones in the capital? If this is the approach being followed for security arrangement in the neighbourhood of Prime Minister’s residence, one can well imagine the concern for security in other areas. Despite Home Ministry’s assurance that there will no financial constraints in the installation of CCTV cameras, this cannot be said that monitoring through CCTV cameras will result in foolproof security in near future. Despite repeated terror attacks on Mumbai, the authorities have not been able to install infallible security arrangements at the commercial hub of the country. Nothing could be more disappointing that after every terror attack the loopholes in the security are discovered and the authorities fail to implement the plans to enhance the security. Lack of proper security arrangements in metropolitan cities is even more worrisome which is further compounded by lack of co-ordination between premier security agencies.

What else could be more shameful that at the time when terrorists struck the Israeli Embassy car, a team of Delhi Police was engaged in a confrontation with Mumbai ATS? However, the confrontation between the two is not a new thing. The rift between the two organizations had surfaced in the past as well. This is not merely a question of mistrust between police forces of two states but also that of lack of co-ordination between two security agencies. Though the NIA has been constituted, it is not able to work as per its capability owing to lack of sufficient support from the police and other agencies. The problems that NIA is facing raise doubts on their role as a federal agency. This is unfortunate that despite alarming threat from terrorists, a federal police structure has failed to emerge. And for this failure, state governments are more responsible because they routinely complain on lacking infrastructure and still hesitate in seeking help from the Centre on matters of law and order.