Hyderabad blasts: Sushma Swaraj slams govt, says it failed to act

  • Agencies, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Feb 22, 2013 14:07 IST

Calling for all parties to come together to fight terrorism, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj Friday said the Hyderabad blasts were a "massive failure", particularly as there was intelligence information that had been passed on to states.

Initiating a discussion in Lok Sabha on Thursday evening's twin blasts, in which 16 people were killed, the leader of opposition said the liability of the government increases as there was intelligence information available.

"The home minister says there was intelligence information that was passed on to states. If there were alerts and the attack was carried out and innocent people were killed... then there is a massive failure," she said.

"If intelligence was available on terror attacks then the liability of the government is more... what were the state and central governments doing," she asked.

According to the BJP leader, terrorists have no religion and the country must be united to fight terrorism.

"We must be united and accept that terrorists only follow the code of terrorism," she said.

The death toll in the twin blasts in the city mounted to 16 with two more persons succumbing to their injuries in a hospital.

As many as 119 people sustained injuries in the twin blasts last evening, police said.

Shinde, who visited the site of the blast and also the injured in hospital, told reporters that the condition of six of them was critical.

Terror struck Hyderabad on Thursday when two powerful near simultaneous blasts ripped through a crowded area close to a cluster of bus stands in Dilsukhnagar area.

The blasts triggered by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) tied to two bicycles took place in the peak hour at two sites 100 metres apart outside a roadside eatery near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in the area located on the Hyderabad-Vijaywada national highway in Cyberabad police limits.

(With IANS and PTI inputs)


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