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Indian-origin officer in the running for Scotland Yard anti-terror chiefScotland Yard’s National Lead for Counter-Terrorism will resign next month. — iStock

Indian-origin officer in the running for Scotland Yard anti-terror chief

18 Feb 2018 | 6:58 PM

LONDON: A senior Indian-origin police officer is in the running to take charge as Britain’s anti-terrorism chief when Scotland Yard’s National Lead for Counter-Terrorism resigns next month.

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London, February 18

A senior Indian-origin police officer is in the running to take charge as Britain’s anti-terrorism chief when Scotland Yard’s National Lead for Counter-Terrorism resigns next month.

Neil Basu, currently Metropolitan police deputy assistant commissioner and Senior National Coordinator for UK Counter Terrorism Policing, is tipped to take over one of the British policin’s toughest jobs from Mark Rowley, The Sunday Times reported.

Basu, whose father is of Indian origin, is a former Met Police commander overseeing organised crime and gangs. He has specialised in anti-terrorism policing for the past three years and is currently Rowley’s deputy.

He has been vocal about cracking down on British nationals who joined the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group in Syria and Iraq.

In a recent interview with the Combating Terrorism Centre in New York, he said that exclusion powers would be applied to about 200 of the 300 fighters in the war zone as he revealed that about half of the 850 who travelled from Britain to join ISIS had already returned and more than 100 were dead. Of the remaining 300, two-thirds would be blocked from the UK.

“Like other countries, we operate on the principle that we don’t want you back, and therefore we will deprive you of your British passport. For those among these who end up coming back, we are absolutely waiting for them. That’s the bottom line,” he said.

“The big threat for us now is the ideology that’s been diffused onto the internet and the calls for attacks by its followers in the West by ISIS online. The caliphate may have been defeated militarily, but it has now become a virtual network,” he warned.

Other possible candidates for the post of Britain’s anti-terror chief include Helen Ball, a Met Police assistant commissioner, and Dave Thompson, the West Midlands chief constable, from whose area numerous terrorist plots have emerged in the UK. — PTI

Six Indian-Americans win Gates Cambridge scholarship

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Victoria govt to fund Hindu temple in Australia

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Senator moves amendments to immigration reform to reduce green card backlog

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Indian faces jail, caning for attempt to murder student nurse

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2 Indians sentenced for smuggling phoney cigarettes into US

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WASHINGTON: Two Indians have been sentenced to nearly two years of imprisonment by a federal court in Florida on charges of conspiring to smuggle counterfeit cigarettes into the United States.

Indian-origin Malaysian on death row in S'pore wins acquittal

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Brave Indian teacher saved many students during Florida shooting

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NEW YORK: A quick-acting Indian-American maths teacher is being hailed for saving the lives of her students during the shooting rampage at a Florida high school that left 17 dead.

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