Study: India not prepared for CBR attack

While India is at risk for chemical, biological and radiological attack, the government may not be prepared enough to counter terrorism on a priority basis, according to a recent study.

The Observer Research Foundation and the Royal United Services Institute conducted the joint study and determined that small- and medium-sized industries in India see CBR threats as a future issue and are unwilling to invest in security. In addition, the country does not have a body dedicated to deal with CBR threats, reports.

"The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) forms an important backbone in responding to CBR incidents, man-made or otherwise, (but) its focus remains on a post-disaster response," the study said, according to

The study also found that the NDMA emphasizes natural disasters as a result of their frequency. As a result, the response from the country on CBR issues is inadequate for the NDMA to develop any kind of policy.

"The lack of a central database containing updated information on incidents, intelligence or reports of CBR terrorist attacks, sabotage, material thefts, intentional misuse or illegal trading has been found as a major lacuna in India's current approach," the study said, according to

The study emphasized 54 incidents, including the 1985 release of hexacyclo-pentadiene in Kochi that injured 200 people and a 2001 acid attack against five women for not wearing veils in Srinagar by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group.