Need pan-India number for intelligence gathering: Kiran Bedi

PUNE: Former IPS officer and Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi today pitched for a pan-India toll free number to gather intelligence on crime and security.

Speaking at a seminar on national security here, Bedi said she had set up such a number in Puducherry and it was working effectively.

“We should have a dedicated pan-India toll free number for criminal intelligence gathering to tackle the issue of internal security. We need to make everybody a stakeholder in order to augment internal as well as external security,” said the former IPS officer.

On the toll free number, she said confidentiality of those who call in must be maintained and it could even have a reward system for such people.

She said that radicalisation was one of the main challenges to internal security and that “we as a system” were falling short of tools to handle it. (AGENCIES)