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May 16, 2008 at 04:44pm IST

Intelligence agencies need to coordinate: NSA

New Delhi: National Security Advisor MK Narayanan on Friday blasted the intelligence agencies and called for greater cooperation between the state intelligence gathering machinery and the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

Narayanan and Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar had briefed the Union Cabinet on the Jaipur blasts and the investigations on Thursday.

In the meeting, it was pointed out that intelligence officials have been less involved in their primary task of gathering information. It was also revealed that both central and state intelligence agencies have come to rely more on officers on deputation from other government departments.

Narayanan pointed out that sharing of information at the state level between the police and the intelligence agencies is very weak and the foreign intelligence inputs that come in are seldom of a specific nature.

Although India has multiple intelligence agencies, but before Jaipur blasts, there wasn't any specific input that came in from the intelligence organisations including the IB and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

In a series of meetings with intelligence officials over the past two days, Narayanan also raised several questions regarding the identity of the groups behind bomb blasts in the country since 2005.

It was also pointed out that there has not been any information about sleeper cells of terrorist organization ahead of the blasts.

Narayanan also questioned the role of the state intelligence agencies and IB in identifying the sleeper cells.

With PTI inputs