Months after the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill 2019, was passed by the Parliament, the Centre has started compiling a list of terrorists operating from Indian soil.
As per sources, the Ministry of Home Affairs has sought information from all state governments on designated terrorist organisations and unlawful associations in the country.
This is the first time details have been sought after the anti-terror bill was passed in the last session of the Parliament which empowered the Centre to designate individuals as terrorists.
In its communication the state governments, the MHA has mentioned all organisations listed under the First Schedule of UAPA and sought inputs on counts like their present strength and threat posed by them.
Other than terror outfits, the MHA has also sought information on organisations declared as unlawful.
Sources said post review, the Centre will take a call on the first listing of individuals on Indian territory as designated terrorists.
The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment (UAPA) Bill was passed after days of deadlock between the government and opposition parties over the controversial legislation.
The anti-terror bill empowers the government to designate individuals as terrorists.
The UAPA bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on July 24 amid high-voltage drama with Home Minister Amit Shah asserting that tough laws were required to end terrorism and the Bill does not encroach on powers of states.
In August, the Rajya Sabha had passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment (UAPA) Bill after days of deadlock between the government and opposition parties over the controversial legislation.