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Goa CM asks police to probe Margao blast case from all angles

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 22:11

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat
on Wednesday said he has asked police to probe all the possible
angles in Margao blast case including an attempt on his own
life.

"Police will probe the blast from all the angles
including attempt on my life. It is a fact that I was present
on the stage in close distance from the blast where I was
attending the function along with BJP MLA Damodar Naik and
5,000 others," Kamat said replying to a question.
The Congress earlier had demanded that police should
also probe whether the October 16 Margao blast was an attempt
on the life of the Chief Minister.

Kamat said Goa police is taking help of various agencies
including their Maharashtra and Karnataka counterparts to
probe the blast.

The Chief Minister, who briefed the press after attending
the state Cabinet, said that the Cabinet was of the opinion
that the blast case should be handled by police in a
professional manner. "If required, they should take help from
other counterparts to go to the root of the case," he said.

The blast on Diwali eve had killed two accused, who were
reportedly carrying the explosives on a scooter, which
exploded in a busy lane of Margao town. Police had diffused
three more bombs, two in Margao and one at 20 kms away in
Sancoale village, within half-an-hour duration.

Responding to the question on state`s delay to form
anti-terrorist squad, Kamat said the state government is
exploring the possibility of forming an ATS. "We need to study
certain aspects like staff and other requirements for the
squad," he said.
Later, addressing a press conference, Superintendent of
Police Atmaram Deshpande said that the state police have
submitted a proposal to the government in December last year.

"Special cell is a specialized agency and no doubt it
would have helped us. But currently, SIT is formed which is
doing an excellent job," the SP said replying to a question.

He conceded that the death of second accused in the
Margao blast case was `a sort of setback to the
investigations.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 22:11
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