London: Home Minister P Chidambaram has
indicated that the blast in the Delhi High Court could have
been carried out by home grown militants groups.
"We can no longer point to cross-border terrorism as a
source of terror attacks in India," Chidambaram told the BBC
in an interview.
He said the authorities were still trying to verify
emails allegedly sent by two groups claiming responsibility
for Wednesday`s attack.
The two groups who have purportedly said they carried out
the attack are Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami (HuJI), which has
Pakistani origins and is accused of links to al-Qaeda, and the
The Home Minister said even though HuJI had claimed
responsibility for the blast, the group had not been active in
India for a while.
"There have been three major attacks in India recently -
in Pune, Mumbai (Bombay) and Delhi. In respect of the Mumbai
and Pune attacks, we are fairly certain they were carried out
by Indian modules or India-based modules," he said.
In the past, India has often blamed Pakistan-based groups
for carrying out attacks on its soil.
"That threat remains - but we must also look at Indian
modules or India-based modules which are capable of carrying
out terror attacks," he said.
Chidambaram said the country`s proximity to Pakistan and
Afghanistan was a cause for worry and India was concerned
about how to prevent the "radicalisation" of its youth.
"The government can build capacity and extend the
intelligence network, but policing is a very complex task and
there will be cases where the terrorist is able to slip
through the cracks," he said.