`Maha govt shd have intel network on lines of IB`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 18:51
Mumbai: Emphasising the need for strong intelligence inputs, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil on Wednesday said the state government should have its own intelligence network on the lines of the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

"The state government should have its own intelligence network on the lines of IB. If there would have been good intelligence, the (July 13) serial blasts could have been prevented.

"Our machinery is capable of preventing terror attacks," Patil said, winding up a discussion in the Legislative Council on the 13/7 blasts.

The Opposition has been criticising the government, saying that had there been CCTVs, blasts could have been prevented, Patil said. "But already there are 13,162 CCTV cameras in Mumbai. Also in Zaveri Bazar there are 32 such cameras," he said.

The probe in the July 13 serial blasts is going in the right direction, Patil said. "However, it will be inappropriate to divulge information at this point as it may hamper the probe," he said.

Patil lauded the work of police, saying so far 485 terrorists have been arrested. Mumbai police had also played a major role in nabbing persons carrying arms and explosives to Gujarat, he said. During the debate, Opposition members slammed Patil and the Mumbai police for "not being able to act efficiently" in curbing terror acts.

Refuting the charge that the government was spending Rs 31 crore on 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab's security, Patil said "We don't spend so much money on Kasab as stated in newspapers."

Patil spoke on the need for community policing and said awareness has to be created among people.


First Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 18:51

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