Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday asked security forces to remain "scrupulously bipartisan" in probing terror cases
so that people do not lose faith in the professionalism of investigative agencies and the secular nature of country's polity.
Referring to the four major terror incidents this year in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bodhgaya and Patna, Singh said the disclosures made by the arrested members of the terrorist outfits confirm apprehensions that hinterland of the country remains an active area of operation for these outfits.
"Therefore, we need to ensure that our security apparatus and intelligence sharing platforms such as the Multi Agency Centre constantly hone their skills to stay ahead of the nefarious designs of these terrorist outfits," Singh said in his address to the country top police brass here.
However, the Prime Minister cautioned that while dealing with terror cases, "care needs to be taken that security forces remain scrupulously bipartisan so that our people do not lose faith in the professionalism of investigative agencies and the secular nature of our polity."
Referring to recent "volatile" situation at the border with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir which saw increased ceasefire violations and attempts to cross over by militants, Singh said resurgence of terrorist groups, particularly Lashkar-e-Taiba and increased infiltration attempts call for heightened vigil and coordination by our security forces.
"There is also a likelihood of attempts to disrupt the forthcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The security forces also need to be careful and measured in their response to militant attacks as well as law and order disturbances," he said on the concluding day of three-day conference of Directors General and Inspectors General of police being organised by Intelligence Bureau.
Touching upon the issue of communal riots in the country, the Prime Minister said that during the current year some states witnessed a substantial increase in the number of communal incidents.
Terming the communal clash in Muzaffarnagar and the adjoining districts of Western Uttar Pradesh in September as the "most worrisome", Singh said "it sounds like a cliché but is necessary to say that we simply cannot afford such a state of affairs to continue.
"Our law and order agencies must, therefore, ensure that trivial or local issues are not exploited by vested interests to flame communal passions. And once disturbances occur they must be tackled with the utmost firmness and speed, without prejudice, fear or favour," he said.
The Prime Minister asked the police chiefs