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'The blasts are a proclamation by terrorists'

Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi | July 26, 2008 22:58 IST

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One of India's highly experienced sleuths who is an expert on Pakistan, told rediff.com that Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence has strengthened its bases in Nepal and Bangladesh after General Kiyani took over as Army chief.

He drew attention to the fact that in spite of Pakistan's internal problems, it has not lost its focus on India.

He reacted with anguish to the Bengaluru and Ahmedabad blasts. "Why do you ask us to comment whenever blasts occur? We, the policemen of India, are not at all getting any support from the system nor do we get support from the Indian media. People forget that terrorism is a battle that can be fought only with the help of the police. In the last five years the Indian police is fighting a lonely battle."

A serving intelligence officer said in absence of laws like Prevention of Terrorism Act and Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (prevention) Act, terrorists who have built a formidable network within India do not have any fears.

When asked to decipher the unprecedented two days of serial blasts numbering over 20 in two of the fastest developing cities of India, he said, "These blasts are a proclamation by terrorists that they have a robust infrastructure within India. The message is for the Indian police and establishment. Two, they are trying to create panic so that communal riots can be sparked."

When asked why Indian investigators are not getting enough evidence against the terrorists and winning convincingly in courts, he said, "Karnal Singh is Delhi's first rate investigating officer from the special anti-terrorist squad who has been investigating terrorism since the last four years. Currently he is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with a case involving RDX and terrorists. Now Delhi's police officers are reluctant to take risks because the political establishment is not ready to support policemen who take risks beyond the call of duty."






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