Serial blasts: NCP chief defends Mumbai police
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 00:24
New Delhi: Days after Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said Congress agreeing to give the key home portfolio to its alliance partner was a mistake, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday defended the Mumbai Police in its probe in the serial blasts saying it was on the "correct path".

After a marathon meeting with state Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Home Minister RR Patil at his residence here, the Aericultuire Minister told reporters that he was convinced that the Mumbai Police was "on the correct path of investigation."

"If fact if we recollect previous such incidents in Mumbai, each and every case was detected by police and taken to logical conclusion. Here also, I am convinced, the Mumbai police are on the correct path. They will definitely detect the case and those who are responsible will be punished," he said.

Amidst questions being raised on security issues in the wake of the Mumbai blasts, Chavan had said Congress agreeing to give the key Home portfolio to NCP was a mistake.

"I think it was a mistake. We should have re-looked at it. I don't know of any other coalition government where the portfolios of Home, Finance and Planning are not with the Chief Minister," Chavan said, evoking an angry response from its ally.

Pawar said since he had handled the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai, the two state leaders had come to seek his views on the issue.

Asked whether the remarks made by Chavan come up during their discussions, Pawar said "nobody uttered a single word about that."

"Even if they feel, today our collective responsibility is to go in depth of this entire issue, give full strength to Mumbai Police and see that culprits are detected. Not a single word was uttered by anybody about these type of things," he said.

In a veiled attack on MNS chief Raj Thackeray, he said there might to "certain sections which want to create a rift between different religious, linguistic sections. But I am sure, Mumbaikars will not succumb to this ...and they will always stand like a rock.

A day after the blasts, Thackeray had blamed the north Indians and migrant population for the terror attack which left 19 dead and over 130 injured.


First Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 00:24

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