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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

Hyderabad Blasts

We'll make them pay for this, says RPN Singh
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 23, 2013
First Published: 01:37 IST(23/2/2013)
Last Updated: 01:42 IST(23/2/2013)

In an interview with HT, minister of state for home RPN Singh said the government has got some leads into the Hyderabad blasts. Attacking the BJP, he said the party in the states was against the NCTC that would help prevent terror strikes.

Have you got any leads?
We have got some leads but we can't share them with the public. All our agencies are on the job and we hope to crack it soon. We immediately rushed special teams - NSG and NIA - from Delhi to Hyderabad and they have made good progress.

This was the eleventh terror attack in the country after 26/11. It seems the security establishment has not been able to come to grips.
It is our constant endeavour to ensure that no terror attack takes place on the Indian soil. We are trying our best and have taken several steps to bring down the number of such incidents. Our track record during the past three years substantiates our efforts. There have been only two attacks last year - one in Pune and the other on a vehicle of an Israeli diplomat - in which there were no casualties. But despite our best efforts this dastardly terror attack has taken place... We will make sure that men behind this are tracked down and made to pay for this. Terrorism today is a global issue and not just India's. We can't let our guard down even for a single moment.

What is the government doing on NCTC? What needs to be done to arrive at a political consensus on the issue?
We are very serious about it. NCTC should be set up. But the very party (BJP) that accuses us of being soft on terror is opposing it in the states. We will try our best to build political consensus on the issue and Sushil Kumar Shinde has already stated in Parliament that the government was willing to consider certain proposals from the opposition to break the logjam.


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