Goa Police say allowing CM at blast site not a security lapse

Last Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 21:20

Panaji: Goa Police on Thursday said that allowing
Chief Minister Digamber Kamat to visit the site of the Margao
bomb blast within minutes of the explosion was not a security
lapse.

"Allowing Chief Minister in the area after the blast was
not a lapse. As the head of the state, he is entitled to be
briefed about the situation," Superintendent of Police (PRO)
Atmaram Deshpande told reporters here.

"Being Chief Minister of the state and moreover as a
local MLA, he had to be there. We cannot call it as a security
lapse. If he had not come, we would have informed him
immediately about the incident," Deshpande said.

Kamat`s presence at Margao blast site on October 16
within minutes of the explosion had evoked strong reaction
from the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had
termed it a serious security lapse.
Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar had alleged that
the police failed to follow the "blue book", which had to be
adhered to during such times.
The Diwali eve Margao blast, which was accidentally
triggered when two Sanatan Saunstha activists were ferrying
explosives on a scooter, happened few metres away from a
function where the chief minister was the guest.
Deshpande, ruled out that the police were not in control
of the situation after the blast and said it is the discretion
of officer in charge whether to allow any VIP at the site or
not.

By the time the chief minister arrived, the blast had
already taken place and two more explosives were recovered. He
went after the incident when the situation was under control,
the Superintendent of Police said.

The state police, which failed to stop the crowded
`Narakasur Competition` being held near the blast site, even
one-and-a-half hour after the blast, claimed it had activated
the red-alert scheme post-explosion.

The red-alert scheme designed for Goa was activated
immediately after the blast and the alert in the state
continued till 3 am, a senior police official said.

He said that all police officers were geared up and
vehicles across the state were thoroughly checked.

Admitting that there were some errors in implementing the
scheme, a senior police official stated that these errors
would be rectified.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 21:20

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