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Mumbai blasts: Munde hits out at PM over intelligence failure

July 15, 2011 - Mumbai

Expressing dissatisfaction with the Centre and the Maharashtra Government for being unable to curb the attack on the financial capital of the country, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gopinath Munde on Friday criticized the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, over the intelligence failure that led to Wednesday's serial blasts in Mumbai.

Munde, who visited the Zaveri Bazar, one of the blast sites here, said: " After 26/11 when Mumbai was attacked then Prime Minister and the Interior Minister of Maharashtra had said in the Indian Parliament and Maharashtra State Legislative Assembly respectively that this is the last attack and incidents like these will not be repeated. Even the Ram Pradhan committee that was constituted for the enquiry has submitted its report."

"The high level committee was formed on its recommendation but not even one meeting of that body has taken place. The central and state government had said the intelligence would be strengthened. But it was unfortunate to hear Home Minister P. Chidambaram say that the intelligence had no information about the bombings. It is sad that our intelligence is not capable to trace even an upcoming attack on us," he added.

Condemning the attack, Munde hit out at the intelligence agencies for the lapse.

"I want to question the central and state governments until when do they expect us to tolerate such attacks, bombings and go to offices and return to normalcy? Is the government planning to act on the outfits that are behind these attacks? These are the questions of the public," said Munde.

"Today three days have passed since the incident but the intelligence agency is as clueless about the culprits as they were before the blasts. This situation is very unfortunate," he added.

Munde also criticized Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi over his recent comment that it was virtually impossible for the government to prevent all militant attacks.

"Such comments are unfortunate. It is the responsibility of the federal and state governments to keep the public in Mumbai safe and they have failed in fulfilling it. The remarks made by Rahul Gandhi indicate that the Congress Government does not have the courage to deal with militancy and outfits like ISI, who are targeting the country," said Munde.

"The government has not been able to curb the attacks and to say that it is impossible to stop such incidents is definitely wrong and I condemn the statement," he added.

Munde later visited hospitals across the city to meet the blast victims and their families.

At least 18 persons have died and another 134 persons are reported to have been injured. The condition of around 13 persons is reported to be critical.

The three serial blasts rocked Opera House at 6: 54 p.m., Zaveri Bazaar, a popular jewellery market, at 6: 55 p.m., and Kabutar Khana, Dadar at 7: 06 p.m. on July 13.


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