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Handiwork of well-trained person, says Chidambaram

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Home Minister P. Chidambaram talks to reporters after a high level meeting at his office following the explosion on Monday that ripped through an Israeli embassy car in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
Home Minister P. Chidambaram talks to reporters after a high level meeting at his office following the explosion on Monday that ripped through an Israeli embassy car in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday termed the attack on a Israeli diplomat as a terror strike and said a well-trained person orchestrated the crime.

Condemning the incident, Mr. Chidambaram said diplomats of every country were entitled to live and work in India in peace and security.

“It is quite clear that a very well-trained person has committed this attack. There is reason to believe that the target was the Israeli diplomat’s wife and, therefore, one has to proceed on the basis that it was a terrorist attack,” he told reporters here.

The Home Minister was speaking for the first time on the terror attack on Monday in which an Israeli embassy car was targeted with a magnetic bomb.

Mr. Chidambaram said the Delhi Police Commissioner and the officer concerned (leading the probe) briefed him this morning about the incident.

The Home Minister said investigation was on and it appeared that a motorcycle rider — single person — came from behind when the Innova car was stopped at a junction because the traffic signal light was red.

He said the assailant attached the device at the rear door of the car, the trunk area of the vehicle on the right side, and zipped past it presumably turning either left on Safdurjung Road or proceeding straight on Kamal Attaturk Marg.

Mr. Chidambaram said CCTV cameras located in the vicinity were being scanned and the investigators have got some images but so far there has been no clear image of any motorcycle or the number plate of the two-wheeler.

Special teams have been deployed to locate the motorcycle and identify the person who drove it, he said.

“We condemn the incident and, at the moment, I am not pointing a finger at any particular group or any particular organisation but whoever did it, we condemn it in the strongest terms,” he said.

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@ Jayaprakash: "A country can prosper only when it follows a
system, .. equal to all, and binding on all. We don't have them in
India. It is the jungle law of Politicians which rules this country.
Every agency including Security is influenced by it. It is the
system which needs a change". Very well said and I agree with you fully. But this to take effect will take require paradigm shift of Indian psyche. A psyche which is wholly dictated by loads superstitious beliefs all in the name "ancient tradition and culture" and abominable absence of scientific temper even among the so called educated. It is but natural our political class have been shrewdly exploiting for their self devil take the country's interest. In this respect I envy China which has managed to modernize its society, most readibly achieve stunning gender equality.

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 14:41 IST

@ N.G.Krishnan... You have hit the nail on the head! I would like to just add a few more lines to what you said. It is not only the Security Agencies, Every agencies and Departments in India are influenced by the Politicians and the Politics of India. Read my first line, 'let us not question the abilities or expertise of our security system.' I never said what they were doing is 100 percent correct or acceptable. I only said they are capable and have the expertise, but in this country the Politicians feel themselves next to God, and the people think and have accepted them as above God! The problem lies there! India is run by Politicians and not by a system. A country can prosper only when it follows a system, a system or law which should be equal to all, and binding on all. We don't have them in India. It is the jungle law of Politicians which rules this country. Every agency including Security is influenced by it. It is the system which needs a change.

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Feb 17, 2012 at 09:02 IST

@Jaya Prakash: Most of us honestly do not want to be critical of
the police and security agencies, but what about the successive
political masters who have control over these agencies? How many
times you see police refusing to carry out unconstitutional
directives from the administration? Top security brass knows very
well Nuremburg principle that: "It is not an acceptable excuse to
say 'I was just following my superior's orders'". Still without a
whimper of protest Delhi police carried out mid night operation at
Ramlila Maidan, the venue of Baba Ramdev's political hunger strike.
Security agencies and police in India have become demoralized and
ineffective due to government's inability to resolve conflicts
democratically. The Home Ministry s approach to the Naxalite
problem, the violence against Dalits, or the violation of human
rights in India's North-East are jarring examples. It does not
stand to reason that we should uncritically and blindly support
security agencies.

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 20:49 IST

@Vaibhav may be you didnot understand what he was trying to say.i find he is genuine and correct in what he mentioned. his point about saying geographical location was carrying so much opinion is he is rightly studied the problem and put it here.i am also not accepting his all ideas he put here.government who cannot solve the problem must go.

from:  D.N.Bhaskar
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 19:49 IST

@Jaya Prakash: So UK and US are located in space ? "the biggest handicap we have is the land route coupled with sea and air routes" I am not blaming our security forces, but the government who doesnt provide enough pay, high end equipments and train them sufficiently. Why was there no second major attack on US soil after 9/11 ? It 3 times as big as India and yes, you can reach US through air, land and sea.

from:  Vaibhav
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 04:07 IST

I am a exserviceman.The above writing of Jaya prakash made me proud when reading.thank you told the truth when you said leave the jobs to experts.I am not accusing anybody but the citizens also must feel in their heart for the people who work day and night to make them safe.your last line brought tears in my eyes. you are so can make mistake even security man.

from:  Md Jalal
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 15:18 IST

@ Mr.Jaya Prakash... Beautiful comments and observation.I must confess I am also one of them who always think we are bad security and intelligence. your observation cleared my doubts with so many valid points. I will not complain again or doubt Indian intelligence. whatever i was thinking wrong all these days about indian security, I ask sorry for that. one more time i say beautiful comment and observation.

from:  Ram Kumaar
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 14:50 IST

There must be a joint effort by the Israeli Embassy and the Indian intelligence to work in tandem on risk assessment. Both parties need to draw a plan to keep pace with developments and the way the terrorists are keeping pace with their developments,failures, etc. and be one step ahead of them. It may sound paranoid but it is the best way to go about. Issuing statements after statements would not help after the incident.

from:  G.Gopal
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 08:56 IST

Please readers, let us not question the abilities or expertise of our security system. It would be great injustice, if we start complaining, for the sake of complaining! We as the common man never come to know the ground realities or the challenges, we are not the experts, so let us leave the jobs to the experts and believe in them to do their job! Of course there are security lapses or breaches here and there, so such incidents do happen. But having said that, we have to realize that there is no 100 percent foolproof security system any where in the world, nobody can Guarantee it. I feel it would be wrong for us to compare ourselves with US or UK as somebody commented above, unfortunately our geographical location doesn't warrant for that, we are just a few hundred miles away from most of the countries who give birth or encourage terror,(leave alone the terror groups which we have within our country!), the biggest handicap we have is the land route coupled with sea and air routes. Take the case of US, they have to tighten the security of the air, and any terror attempts through sea or land are almost remote and impossible, it is the geographical advantage they have, which should not be overlooked when we compare! The diversities and the difference of opinion we the people of India have within ourselves adds to the problem, the other mentioned countries don’t have that problems, or at least it is under control! The last and the most important hindrance is suspecting a person by his looks! Those countries find it easy, the name of a person ( ask Shahrukh Khan or our ex- president Dr.Abdul Kalam ,they will vouch for it!) or the different looks of him puts him under security scanners! We don’t have that liberty, because we all look and sound the same! LET US BACK OUR SECURITY PERSONALS TO DO THEIR JOB, LET US NOT DEMORALIZE THEM WITH OUR COMMENTS. There may be lapses, even serious lapses at times, but that applies to every thing under the sky and not just to security alone!

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 08:49 IST

This is not about partisan or personal politics. This may possibly have international
ramifications. What we are overlooking here is whether this was actually an Iranian
staged operation or was a US backed ploy to pressurise or wean away India from
maintaining relations with Iran. Iran will not be so foolish as to stage such an act in a
country whose continued purchase of its oil is essential to maintain its economy.
Please remember that our national interest in Iran is the continued energy security offered by their oil supplies. It is us and China who have rejected to join in the US-EU oil embargo and economic sanctions on Iran. Chidambaram is either a complete fool to declare it at such an early stage a terrorist attack or the government has been pressurised to join in the US-EU embargo and be party to this ploy to make it appear to the public and world at large that the Iranian regime can stage such acts in desperation of the unfolding crisis. Let us become internationalist minded.

from:  Ranir Pal Saini
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 06:13 IST

This blast not planned to kill.It is only meant to terrorize,create sensation. Its master mind may be Israel itself. They want something to blame upon Iran. Or it could be with the help of RSS/VHP terror wing,by which BJP can use it against ruling Congress govt.There is no any expertise required to fix a magnetic device on a metal body of a car.And they know it will not kill the occupants of the car.This is a small investment, with the expectation of big political gains.

from:  Dravid
Posted on: Feb 15, 2012 at 02:06 IST

The UPA’s initiative in formulating and passing a new terror law, such
as the UAPA, should reassure the public that terrorists will not go
unpunished or will be caught before they do damage. While attention
should be paid to the human rights angle every time a terror law comes
into effect and is used, it should be seen to that a terrorist’s human
rights don’t supersede his victims’.
There should be a law of zero tolerance to curb terrorism in this
country.How many more ATTACK are needed to jolt the government out of
its slumber?How many more ATTACK are needed to awake the government?
How long will the fear of terror continue to rule the mind of each and
every Indian? When will a law like POTA impose curbs on these inhuman
acts?I suggest a law that prescribes zero tolerance for wiping out
terrorism from this soil. There should be no hearing, no trial, but
only instant death for these terrorists. It is necessary for all
Indians to remain united and alert against such attacks.The recent
sticker Bomb attack in the heart of the Capital City also unveils the
poor preparedness of the Delhi Police ,security agencies and the
govt. of India.

from:  anjan kumar samal
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 19:16 IST

It is unfortunate that it is open season in India for terror attacks.
Inspite of creating several layers of security in the country, the
attacks are taking place so brazenly. May be the security agencies
are not free to act independently and professionally because of political compulsions, imposed on them. The 'sleeping cells'are being
activated by remote control from across the borders and we have no
clue with all the high technologies we have.

from:  sunit
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 19:03 IST

Why can't our intelligence and security forces be trained up
to the standards. Shame on
Indian Intelligence and Security services, after every Blast just coming out with a statement that the attackers were well trained or
there was a security lapse does not complete your responsibility. Are
there any security lapses in any Ministers Home. Why does always a common man has to suffer.

from:  Anurag
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 17:55 IST

It is quite clear to us that it does not require great training to
commit terror attacks in this country. Just because police is
clueless does not necessarily mean the attack was done with great
professionalism. For a change the Home minster can be candid that the
vote bank politics has completely demoralized the police force.Why waste time
beating around the bush when the truth is glaring and apparent?

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 17:42 IST

How would condemning the terror attack help? What is the point scanning the CCTV after the attack has happened? A bomb exploding in broad daylight in such "high security" area of the country - it's a shame!! Shame for the citizens of India and shame for our ministers who merely "condemn" terror attack. Why has there not been a 2nd terror attack in the US after 9/11? Why have there been just a handful of terror attacks in England? Why are there just too many terror attacks in India and other less developed countries? Basically, the lives of Americans and Britishers are too precious for their respective countries. And the lives of Indians appear to be way less precious for our ministers - who are too busy fetching their own interests in the name of power.

from:  kishmish
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 17:36 IST

Wonder why Home minister makes this statement every time a blast occurs.
Is he Home minister or a spokesperson for the ministry?

from:  M Venu
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 17:00 IST

Several bomb attack incidents prove this: "Innovative are the ways of
unlawful; routine is the way of law enforcement." Unless police think 10
steps ahead terrorists cannot be apprehended and their activities cannot
be curtailed.

from:  mvrangaraajan
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 15:27 IST

IN the final analysis this ghastly incident has thrown several questions
on the quality fo security in this highly sensitive area of Delhi -PM's
residence and embassies in the area. How dare a perosn on a bike chase a
diplomat;s car for a while -unnoticed by teh Delhi police and security
forces and take the opportunity whren the diplomat;s car stops at a
signal and then do his job swiftly. Mr. Chidambaram;s outfits have to
investigatge into this immediately.

from:  s subramanyan
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 15:19 IST
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