Unfortunately, the briefcase bomb that killed 12 people at the check-in line for visitors at the New Delhi High Court on Wednesday ( September 7) demonstrates that India's ability to prevent and deter acts of terrorism continues to be poor, despite continuing threats. The 2008 Mumbai attack, which killed 166 people, had exposed India's dysfunctional and poorly prepared police system, but little has been done to upgrade CT capacity.
COMMENT: The Indian government prides itself in organizational design of new units, but continues to fail on execution. Although it established the National Investigation Agency (NIA), calling it India's counterpart to the FBI, it is poorly funded, poorly staffed and has not adopted technological initiative that will place it on a par with terrorist organizations, let alone enable it to surpass the resources of extremist groups.
Extremists have bombed a cafe frequented by foreigners in Pune, a cricket stadium just before a match, a Hindu prayer site and three crowded neighborhoods in Mumbai. There were also attacks outside a renowned mosque in New Delhi and what appeared to be a failed car bombing at the same court that was attacked on Wednesday.
Unless India takes definitive action and adequately funds its police and the NIA in their CT capabilities, other bombings will occur and no one will go to jail.