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Terrorists hoodwinked intelligence agencies: Coast Guard

Ajit K Dubey in New Delhi | December 04, 2008 13:45 IST

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The blame game among security and intelligence agencies over "actionable inputs" on the Mumbai terror strike continued with the Coast Guard on Thursday saying the "spies" had fallen for deliberately leaked "false inputs" by terrorists to hoodwink them.

Countering spying agencies' leaks of prior inputs about Mumbai terror attacks [Images], CG sources told PTI that the Pakistani terrorists deliberately leaked "false inputs" about the time and place of arrival to divert the intelligence agencies' attention.

"This led intelligence agencies to provide wrong inputs to the Navy and CG. The intelligence agencies had failed miserably and now they are trying to deflect criticism by blaming the armed forces for the Mumbai attacks," they charged.

Consequently, CG sources said, their warships that were carrying out a war game off the Gujarat coast had to be diverted for surveillance and patrol at the wrong location in the Sir Creek area, whereas the terrorists entered Indian waters off south Gujarat.

"The terrorists leaked false information about their time and place of arrival to the intelligence agencies to divert Coast Guard and naval ships in wrong direction and entered through the high seas in to Indian territory. They did the same in 1993 blasts also," sources said.

Talking about the intelligence inputs received by the sea-guarding agencies, sources said, "when we received inputs from the agencies, they indicated that the terrorists' ship was moving in through the Sir Creek area and we had heightened our vigil there," sources said.

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