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Crucial meet on internal security today

New Delhi: Maoist violence, terror activities of some right-wing groups and reforms in police forces will be high on agenda at the Chief Ministers` conference on internal security to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday.

The meeting is likely to see some fireworks as Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan may oppose linking of organisations like VHP and RSS with terror groups.

The situation in Kashmir, strengthening of intelligence-sharing mechanism, coastal security and reforms in police forces will also be discussed at the day-long session.

The chief ministers are expected to present their views on cross-border terrorism, infiltration from across the border, burgeoning Naxal threat and give directions to the security forces dealing with these internal security issues.

Activities of Pakistan-based terror groups and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast, combating of economic offences, especially fake Indian currency notes, will also come up at the meeting.

The conference will review action taken on issues prioritised in the last meeting held in August 2010 which covered wide-ranging areas of capacity building in the state police and police reforms.

Assessing information collection system – both technical and human intelligence — its proper sharing and necessary follow-up action, procurement of arms and ammunition, filling of vacancies besides providing training to security forces are also likely to be discussed.

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