Vicky Nanjappa

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With Islamic radicalisation running so deep, why an NIA branch in every state matters

Ministry of Home Affairs has announced that there would be a branch of NIA in every state by 2024. This would help the agency keep its focus on each state and deal with state-specific problems.

New Delhi, Oct 28: The deep-rooted radicalisation and terror that has crept into the country has prompted the Ministry of Home Affairs to announce that there would be a branch of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in every state by 2024.

The NIA currently has 15 branches in the country-Delhi, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Kolkata, Raipur, Jammu, Chandigarh, Ranchi, Chennai, Imphal, Bengaluru and Patna.

The NIA was formed following the Mumbai 26/11 attack. While the NIA has primarily dealt with cases relating to terror, off late it is dealing with more cases regarding radicalisation, especially in South India.

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