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'13/7 blasts probe lacked coordination'

delhi Updated: Jan 25, 2012 02:08 IST
Jatin Anand
Jatin Anand
Hindustan Times
Jatin Anand

The home ministry on Tuesday stepped in to downplay the rift between the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) and the Delhi Police over the arrests made in the July 7, 2011 Mumbai serial blasts that claimed 27 lives.

The Mumbai ATS on Monday claimed to have cracked the case with the arrest of two Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives -Naquee Ahmed, 22, and Nadeem Akhtar Sheikh, 23.

But the Delhi Police countered, saying the arrests botched up their efforts to catch more important IM members.

Acknowledging that there was lack of coordination between the two teams, home secretary RK Singh said a system would be put in place soon that would require anti-terror units to share information.

"The proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre would address to this problem," he said, adding that the Centre would also finalise guidelines in consultation with state police chiefs so that "all agencies work together".

Former Intelligence Bureau chief Ajit Kumar Doval, however, has doubts whether the proposed system would work. "There's a need to have informal channels of communication at a senior level between different forces," he said.

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