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Maha Govt faces Opposition fire over 13/7 attack

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 23:25

Mumbai: Maharashtra`s Congress-NCP
Government on Tuesday came under fire from the Opposition in the
Legislative Council over the July 13 serial bomb blasts in
which 24 people were killed.

Moving a proposal to hold a debate on the triple
blasts, Leader of the Opposition Pandurang Phundkar said the
Government has once again failed to prevent a terror attack
and even after 13 days of the bombings police were yet to nab
the culprits.

"The Ram Pradhan Committee (appointed after 26/11
Mumbai terror attacks) had made various recommendations on
security measures, but these were not implemented due to which
the serial bombings took place," he alleged.

Phundkar said the panel had recommended that the state
police should not depend entirely on the Central intelligence
agencies for inputs and should establish its own intelligence
network. This suggestion, too, has not been implemented, he

The BJP member also lashed out at the Mumbai Police
over its functioning. "The widening rift between Mumbai Crime
Branch and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has come out in open,"
he said.

"The Government spends Rs 31 crore on (26/11 convict
Ajmal) Kasab`s security and only Rs 190 crore on Mumbai`s
security. That`s why only Kasab is safe in Mumbai," he said.

Ramdas Kadam (Shiv Sena) demanded that the secret fund
of Rs 50 lakh, kept aside to reward informers, be increased.

Kadam claimed that 50 educated youths from a minority
community had "disappeared" in Beed district in central
Maharashtra and demanded that the government launch a manhunt
for them to ensure these men were not involved in any

Criticising the Congress-NCP Government, he said the
ruling alliance had become incompetent.

Vinod Tawde (BJP) took potshots at Home Minister RR
Patil, saying he should not be visible only through newspapers
and news channels but his actions should speak.

Diwakar Rawate (Shiv Sena) asked the Government to
introspect on why it had repeatedly failed to tackle the
menace of terror.

Rawate asked why Hasan Gafoor, who was Mumbai Police
Commissioner during the 26/11 attacks, was promoted after the
terror strikes and no action was taken against him.

"Demanding resignations of only Patil and Chief
Minister Prithviraj Chavan will not serve any purpose. If the
Government is unable to perform its duties, then entire
Government should resign," he said.

Meanwhile, the Upper House was adjourned twice in the
day for 10 minutes each.

Soon after the session began, the MLCs paid
condolences to the 14 pilgrims who were killed in a road
accident in Jalna yesterday.


First Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 23:25

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