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Pune blast happened despite forces being on alert: Antony

Last Updated: Monday, February 15, 2010 - 20:43

New Delhi: Defence Minister A K Antony today
said the Pune blast took place despite the security forces
being on an alert.

"Regarding national and internal security, we always
keep the forces on alert. But even with all this apparatus in
place, another tragedy in Pune happened," he said while
addressing a press conference at the Defexpo here.

However, the Minister declined to comment on the impact
of the blasts on the Foreign Secretary-level talks between
India and Pakistan, saying, "The Minister for External affairs
(S M Krishna) has already given the government reaction. I
don`t want to add to it."

Antony was asked if the February 13 blasts in Pune will
have any impact on the talks between the two countries.

After the blasts in Pune on February 13, in which nine
people had died, Krishna had also denied to comment on the
talks saying, "I am not going to talk about the talks right
now. Let us wait for the report (of the investigative
agencies) first."

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, February 15, 2010 - 20:43

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