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MoH downplays rift between Delhi Police, Maha ATS

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 21:34

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry on Tuesday
acknowledged there was a lack of coordination between Delhi
Police and Maharashtra ATS in the probe into last year`s
serial blasts in Mumbai but downplayed the rift between them.

Union Home Secretary RK Singh at the same time said he
was "very happy" that the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad
(ATS) had cracked the 13/7 blast case. He also said there is a
need for a standard operating procedure for inter-state
anti-terror operations.

A day after ATS announced a breakthrough, Singh said it
had worked out the case on the basis of evidence which will be
put through legal procedure.

Singh said in order to bring synergy between various
forces, Government has set up the National Counter terrorism
Centre(NCTC), which will be made operational soon.

"Besides this we, will call Directors General of Police
of various state police forces for drafting a standard
operating procedure for such kind of operations," he added.

Singh was answering questions from reporters regarding
the arrest of two persons including Naquee Ahmed in
connection with 13/7 blasts in which 27 people were killed.

When asked whether competitive politics came in the way
of arrest of top terrorists keeping in view the kind of
information obtained, Singh said "I had a detailed
discussion with ATS Chief (Rakesh Maria) on Saturday. He
briefed me about his investigations and the Delhi Police and
the IB had already briefed me about their operation, we will
get some additional reports".

But, he said the Home Ministry would like to ensure a
system whereby different agencies work together rather than
separately when they are operating in a particular area.


First Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 21:34

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