Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Says India Ready To Use All Means To Catch Its Enemies

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 11: Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore addressing a press conference on 45th International Film Festival of India on November 11, 2014 in New Delhi, India. 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2014) will be held in Goa from 20th to 30th November 2014. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — The country's enemies, like Dawood Ibrahim and LeT chief Hafiz Saeed, should not believe that India is not "thinking" anything about them, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said today.

"We always remain ready to neutralise our enemy," he said when asked what the government was doing about Dawood Ibrahim, the main accused in 1993 Mumbai blasts, and Saeed, who are wanted in India.

"Wherever the enemy of India is, he should not think that India is not thinking anything about him," Rathore said in Seedhi Baat programme on Aaj Tak when it was noted that fugitives like Dawood and Saeed are living peacefully in Pakistan.

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It was pointed out to him that 15 months of Modi government have passed but nothing had been done with regard to fugitives taking shelter in Pakistan, except for preparing a dossier.

To this, he replied, "saam, daam, dand, beid (all means will be used). Besides dossier, and other means also will be used. Whenever it happens, you will get the news."

Asked whether there could be any covert operation, the minister who was formerly a Colonel in the Army, said, "We may do it but there will be no publicity before that. After the operation, there may be or there may not be. It depends on whether the government says it should be 'covert operation' or a 'special operation'.

He said a covert operation may never be known but information about a special operation may be given after it is done.

"A special operation is made public after it is done. It depends on the government as to when to do it.... Who knows it may be happening now or not happening now but it will be made public only after it is done," Rathore said.

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