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Updated: August 5, 2011 02:27 IST

Indian module could be involved in Mumbai blasts, says Chidambaram

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Home Minister P.Chidambaram comes out after attending a discusion during monsoon session at Parliament House, in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo Rajeev Bhatt
The Hindu Home Minister P.Chidambaram comes out after attending a discusion during monsoon session at Parliament House, in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo Rajeev Bhatt

Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday said there were indications of involvement of Indian module in the July 13 Mumbai blasts that killed 26 people.

It is for the first time that the government has pointed towards the involvement of a home-grown terror group for the three explosions in the metropolis.

The Home Minister also said all over the world right wing fascist forces were on the rise and India was no exception to it.

“While no conclusion has been reached, all indications point to Indian module,” Mr. Chidambaram said about the Mumbai blasts, adding that perhaps it could be the same module that carried out a blast in the German Bakery in Pune last year.

He said that while there was a finger-pointing for every terror incident towards the neighbouring country, a clear reference to Pakistan, there was also an existence of home-grown terror modules as also right wing fascist forces.

“We cannot live in denial. We cannot close our eyes to facts. There are home-grown modules. They do not belong to one religion,” Mr. Chidambaram said.

He said the Pune and Mumbai blasts were “two major blots” in the last 32 months since he assumed the charge of Home Minister. “I accept it,” he said.

Mr. Chidambaram said another mistake was to point fingers at a particular religion whenever a bomb blast took place.

Describing the period from 2002 to 2008 as the worst phase of terrorism-related violence, Mr. Chidambaram said there was a “failure to recognise” the growth of SIMI and Indian Mujahideen in these years at the political and government level.

He said the security forces had so far smashed 51 terror modules in last two years. “We have successfully busted a number of modules.”

The Minister said terrorism had taken a new dimension and it not only affected the nation's security but also the nation's survival as one entity.

He said that India lived in the most troubled and vulnerable neighbourhood in the world as the epicentre of terrorism has shifted to Afghanistan and Pakistan from West Asia. “As long as the epicentre of terrorism is in this region, we continue to be under the shadow of terror and continue to be vulnerable,” he said.

Mr. Chidambaram said that there was considerable improvement in the intelligence machinery both at the State and at the Central level.

He said the Centre was receiving cooperation from Chief Ministers of all the States.

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