Hours after Tamil Nadu government rejected the offer for National Investigating Agency (NIA) probe into the twin blasts in Bangalore - Guwahati Express, Union Home Minister Shushil Kumar Shinde on Friday said that the home ministry would still send NIA team for data collection to Chennai.
"NIA cannot act directly until and unless the state co-operates. The state government maintains that the CB- CID has initiated the probe into the bomb blasts,” said Shinde, who was in Shimla to attend party's election meeting.
The home minister denied that the bomb was triggered to disrupt any of Modi’s political function. “There is no threat to Modi. We have already taken precautions and the blasts have nothing to do with Modi's security,” Shinde said, adding that the venue of Modi’s meeting was far off from the site of bomb blasts in Chennai.
Shinde also condemned the militant attack on Kokrajahar in Assam that killed at least 11 persons and left eight injured. Shinde denied that the violence in Korajhar had anything to do with elections. "Elections are over in both Tamil Nadu and in Assam. The incident has nothing to do with polls. I spoke with Assam Chief Minister in the morning. The attack on minorities is unfortunate. The Centre has already sent 10 companies of paramilitary forces to Kokrajhar and we can send more if the government wants," he said.
Commenting on the recent militant attack in Sangrama on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, he said that cross-border infiltration had declined drastically in the recent years.
Shinde also took jibe at BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi on his recent comments on Dawood Ibrahim. “Modi is forgetting that Shiv Sena -- BJP alliance government was in Maharashtra and had sought opportunity from the electorate before the elections claiming that if they get a chance, they will drag Dawood to India. It’s suspiring that Modi being a chief minister was making immature statements on Dawood Ibrahim,” he said.