13/7 Mumbai blasts: Chidambaram rejects charges of intelligence failure

Mumbai, July 14 (ANI): Union Home Minister P. Chidamabram on Thursday rejected suggestions from the media that there was intelligence failure on the part of the state and central governments in connection with Wednesday's serial blasts in Mumbai.

Addressing a joint press conference with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan here, Chidambaram said: "There has been no intelligence failure. There was no intelligence warning about 13/7."

The Times Now television channel further quoted the Home Minister, as saying that thorough probe would be done in the case and that no stone would be left unturned in the investigations.

The channel further quoted the minister, as saying: "There was no intelligence inputs about yesterday's blast with Central and state agencies. All groups that are capable of carrying out such attacks are suspects. We will probe every hostile group. We are not ruling out anything. We have made it clear to Maharashtra Police not to rule out any angle."

He added: "Blasts not aimed at hitting markets, the terror group chose targets with high population density. I am sad that the second incident of terror attack has happened after 26/11 carnage and both have happened in Maharashtra."

The minister also said: "Possibility of derailing the Indo-Pak talks by carrying out the blasts also not ruled out."

Chidambaram that the death toll stood at 18, including that of a severed head which is yet to be identified.

According to the home minister, 131 have been admitted to 13 hospitals, of which 26 have been discharged and 82 have been said to be stable. Of the 131, 23 are critically injured.

The explosions at Dadar , Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House between 6.45 p.m. and 7.05 p.m. on Wednesday.

The timing and the spots chosen for the explosions hint at an attempt to maximise casualty and create widespread panic, a pattern similar to the many blasts carried out earlier by the Indian Mujahideen (IM) in coordination with the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), the channel quoted sources in the security agencies, as saying.

The Indian Mujahideen is said to have a strong and deep network in the city. Though many IM cadres have been neutralised or arrested in the recent years, there are many big names still on the run. (ANI)