The Left parties on Thursday strongly condemned the Mumbai serial blasts and rued the government’s inability to track down the perpetrators of recent terror strikes.

“It is disturbing that the forces behind the recent bomb blasts in different parts of the country have not been identified and apprehended. No efforts should be spared to track down the culprits of the Mumbai blasts,” the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau said in a statement in New Delhi.

In the same vein, the Communist Party of India Central Secretariat said this was “not the first time” that such blasts have taken place. “This is clear evidence that the government is unable to trace the perpetrators through its intelligence agencies. Therefore the Centre should take appropriate measures to track down the terrorists.”

Senior CPI leader D. Raja, who visited a blast site and hospitals in Mumbai on Wednesday night, accused Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram of “continuously failing” at maintaining peace.

Observing that Mr. Chidambaram was “resorting to rhetoric than action”, he said though the internal security issue has been debated many times in Parliament, “no decision to strengthen the security apparatus seems to have been implemented. Security agencies might have slackened their alertness. If lapses are found, action should be taken to plug the loopholes”.

Mr. Raja also criticised Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi for his reported statement that 99 per cent of terror attacks have been thwarted.

“Such casual and callous remarks should not be made. One should be more serious while commenting on such sensitive incidents,” he said, adding that Mr. Gandhi’s comments on the U.S. and Afghanistan “raises questions as to whether he knows what he is talking about”.

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