TN not ready for NIA probe in Bangalore-Guwahati express blast: Shinde
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today said Tamil Nadu has refused to conduct an NIA probe into twin bomb blasts that took place in the Bangalore-Guwahati superfast express at Chennai yesterday in which one woman was killed and 18 others injured.
Addressing mediapersons at this capital town, Mr Shinde denied the speculation that the blast was planned in view of BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally saying he had not received any threat from a terror group as far as input of agencies are concerned.
'We want to send the NIA team to investigate the bomb blast but state Chief Minister (J Jayalalithaa) did not cooperate for NIA probe as she rejected our (home ministry) proposal to send NIA team. I talked to the Chief Minister she was for a CID probe by local agencies whom she said were competent,' the Home Minister said in a reply about blast investigations.
'I have already said there is no threat to Mr Modi as we have taken care of every input and there is no threat to his life,' Mr Shinde said, adding that the blasts occurred in Chennai which had nothing to do with the rally as it was at Hyderabad.
Condemning the killing of innocent minority community people at Kokrajhar in Assam, Mr Shinde said ten units of paramilitary forces have been deployed in the affected areas as unfortunately the minority was being targetted but it was not a militant attack.
He said the incident occurred after election got over in the area, thus it was not to target the elections.
During the past ten years, peace prevailed in Jammu and Kashmir. In the last two years, the percentage of militant attacks and infiltration bids had substantially come down but militant attacks had occurred in Kashmir recently, he said.
On the statement of the Pakistan General about Kashmir, Mr Shinde said though the issue was concerned with Union Defence Ministry, he wanted to make it clear that 'India and Pakistan were often giving similar statements staking their claim on Kashmir.'
'But as far as UPA government is concerned, it would continue on its stand and give protection to people and if anyone would thwart or intrude on our land we would give a befitting reply,' he added.
Over successive attempts by China to intrude and developments along the Sino-Indian border, Mr Shinde said India was also developing infrastructure to counter logistically. The Pyoungong Railway line has been proposed near the border with China so that our armed forces could see the Chinese deployment in front of border.
The Union Home Minister said work is on progress to close the boundary. He said that state was building heavy infrastructure along the Sino-Indian border.
(Posted on 02-05-2014)