Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all the 29 provinces to concentrate on intelligence sharing, saying that the move will certainly help the South Asian country stay “alert” and overcome internal security challenges. The premier gave the instruction after terror attack claimed 84 lives in Nice, France on Friday (July 15).

During the Inter-State Council meeting over the weekend, the PM told Chief Ministers of all the Indian provinces that the country should be prepared to counter challenges to “our internal security”. Modi believes that internal security can be strengthened only by focussing on sharing intelligence. “We have to remain alert and updated always,” he told the CMs.

While interacting with the CMs, the premier stressed that he would soon hold another meeting to discuss internal security challenges, ways to counter them and how the provinces and the Central government in New Delhi could co-operate. “With close co-operation, we will not only strengthen the Centre-State relations, but make a better future for the citizens.” he added.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee condemned the deadly terror attack in Nice. The PM said: “Appalled by the horrific attack in Nice. I strongly condemn such mindless acts of violence. My thoughts are with the families of deceased. I hope the injured recover soon. India shares the pain and stands firmly with our French sisters and brothers in this hour of immense sadness.” For his part, President Mukherjee said: “India stands shoulder to shoulder with the people and Government of France. I am shocked to hear about the terrorist attack on an innocent crowd of people gathered to celebrate the Bastille Day in Nice. I strongly condemn the perpetrators of the terrorist attack.”

Indian defence experts are of the opinion that the terror attack in the French Riviera is also a threat to India. The Islamic State (ISIS), which has claimed the responsibility of the Nice attack, recently warned India, saying in a statement that it was ready to “unfurl the flag of Islam on Delhi’s Red Fort”. The Iraq and Syria-based terror outfit also called to Indian Muslims to wage a “holy war” against the people of India. The IS’ warning has prompted the Indian government to strengthen security across the country and to concentrate on intelligence sharing.

Koushik Das, based in the Indian capital of New Delhi, is a senior news editor with more than 15 years of experience. He also runs a blog - Boundless Ocean of Politics. E-Mail: [email protected]