Mumbai: Stressing that the he is “duty bound”, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said the government is absolutely serious about bringing those behind the Mumbai blasts to justice.
“I appreciate the anger. I think it is right that when an attack happens in Mumbai, people get angry but I assure that government is absolutely serious about meeting the challenges… please give us time, I am very sure that we will get to the bottom of this,” Chavan said while speaking to a news channel.
Reiterating that there has been no intelligence failure, he pointed out that there were no clues that could have warned the security agencies of the blasts.
However, he did accept that the security apparatus needs further strengthening up, he said, “I am still not happy (with the level of preparedness). we cannot rest unless we have the level of security that’s at par with the West…whatever loopholes we found out, we will try to correct it.”
“We will have to keep one step ahead of the terror operations. We are trying to nab them (terrorists) at their weakest point. It is a difficult task. We are at it. It is not easy to say that all terror attacks be prevented. This is a troubled neighbourhood,” Chavan said.
On the perceived slow progress in the investigations in to the triple blasts that left 18 dead and over 130 injured, Chavan said, “Investigations cannot be carried to please TV audiences, the moment we have a hard clue we will share it with you (media).”
He also requested the media to wait for the official briefing by the ATS on the progress of the investigations.
Chavan had offered to resign: Sources
Meanwhile, sources have told Zee News that Chief Minister Chavan had accepted the responsibility for the failures that lead to the blasts and offered to resign to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, yesterday, when she came to the city along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.