Hyderabad blasts: Shinde faces flak from Oppn for failing to check terror attacks

Hyderabad blast

Responding to the charge that the government was clueless about yesterday's blasts, Shinde said there were some leads but he could not share as it would hamper investigation.

He sought to dismiss BJP's attack on him for not visiting the place of occurrence last night itself.

Shinde said VIPs should not visit the spot immediately after such incidents as it might distract the attention of the police and investigative agencies.

He said two cases have been registered by the police and the National Investigation Agency would investigate it in conjunction with Andhra Pradesh Police.

Initiating an impromptu discussion on the issue in the Lok Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said the lapse gets magnified when such incidents occur despite the government having advance intelligence.

Swaraj also rued "sadly there is no unanimity in our approach" to fight terror.

She also said the Centre's responsibility does not end at informing state governments on a possible terror strike and it should also help prevent such incidents.

Without naming MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, she wondered whether the "inflammatory remarks" made by him have links with the blast.

Leading the attack in Rajya Sabha, Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley cautioned against the lowering of guard while dealing with terrorism and said the intelligence network in the country should be "depoliticised".

Another BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said, "The government's policy seems to be condolence for the dead and compensation for those who survived and that Shinde's statement does not reflect a roadmap to deal with terror.

"I appeal to Home Minister please show some courage, take some strong action, you must exhibit resolve," Naidu said.

He also said being a member of the House, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should have come to the Rajya Sabha and made a statement taking the issue seriously.

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