NIA denies rift with Mumbai ATS over blasts probe
New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday denied any rift with the Mumbai Police and the Maharashtra ATS over the July 13 serial blasts probe, saying the reports about such a tiff are mis-founded.
In a statement, the NIA said it was continuing to assist the Mumbai Police and ATS in the blasts probe.
On the question of its officers coming back to Delhi from Mumbai, the agency said it was not possible for its officials to stay put in the blast-hit city all the time.
Earlier this morning, a leading daily had published a report saying the NIA has pulled out of the Mumbai blasts investigation.
According to the report, members of the NIA team which rushed to the financial capital immediately after the blasts had come back to Delhi, including Director General SC Sinha. The reason cited, by sources, was “lack of coordination” with Mumbai Police sleuths.
The NIA had been specifically asked to assist the Mumbai Police Crime Branch and state Anti-Terrorism Squad in investigating the latest attack.
Reports said the NIA team and ATS officials even had verbal spats. The ATS went to the extent of complaining that the NIA was not equipped to handle the case alone, the newspaper reported.
While denying any rift, Additional Director General of NIA Prakash Mishra had told the newspaper: “The team that went to Mumbai is back, but we are extending cooperation to the Mumbai ATS.”
NIA was specifically set up after 26/11 to ensure better coordination with state investigating agencies in probing terror attacks. And the July 13 blasts probe was the first time the NIA was assisting a state police since the beginning of a case.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Panel discussion on Mumbai HC allowing women to enter Haji Ali Dargah
- Panel discussion on Mumbai HC allowing women to enter Haji Ali Dargah Part II
- Uttarakhand: MBBS students builds toilets in a village in Rishikesh
- Digital detox helps to get rid of smartphones addiction
- Watch: Syrian boys crying, hugging each other after their brother is killed in airstrike
- Haryana govt asks probe officer to stop working on second report into Jat agitation
- Sister aka stylist Rhea Kapoor speaks about Sonam's fashion secrets
- Overhaul Indian sports bodies and de-link from Political patronage to overcome Rio fiasco: CPI-M
- Fawad Khan has short yet pivotal role in 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil': Karan Johar
- Looks like it takes a lot of men to doll up Sunny Leone- See pic