New Delhi: Nearly nine years after it came into existence, the anti-terror probe agency NIA will have its own multi-storied headquarters complex . Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the new headquarters office complex of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at Delhi’s Lodhi Road on Tuesday, October 10.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which was set up after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack as the central counter- terrorism investigation organization, was given the mandate to investigate serious offences related to terrorist activities affecting the sovereignty, security and integrity of the country.
The office complex comprising an administration building with nine floors and two basements is built on a total area of 1,14,056 square feet. The NIA is investigating crimes that have national and international ramifications and the agency has an all-India jurisdiction. The agency has branches in Lucknow, Hyderabad, Kochi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Kolkata, Raipur and Jammu. Apart from these, the NIA also has camp offices at Chandigarh, Srinagar, Chennai, Bangalore, Vishakhapatnam, Ahmedabad, Bharuch, Jagdalpur, Patna, Siliguri, Malda, Ranchi, Vijaywada and Imphal.
The NIA started functioning on January 19, 2009. The first case was assigned to NIA in June 2009, and by the end of July 2017, a total 166 cases have been assigned to the NIA for investigation.
The NIA, which came into existence on December 31, 2008, initially began operations in Hotel Centaur, New Delhi, and thereafter shifted its headquarters to the NDCC-II Building, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi, in June, 2013.
The foundation stone of the NIA headquarters was laid by the home minister on September 10, 2015, and the work has been completed within the stipulated period of 24 months.