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Govt serious in its probe: Ambika Soni

The Indian Govt is very keen on investigating at what level the "mistake" related to filing of the affidavit on Ram Setu occurred, says the Culture Minister.

india Updated: Sep 27, 2007 21:53 IST

Government is very keen on investigating at what level the "mistake" relating to the filing of the controversial affidavit on Ram Setu and Lord Rama in the Supreme Court occurred, Culture Minister Ambika Soni said on Thursday.

"The task of inquiry has been assigned to the Secretary, Culture, who is very diligently looking into at what level the mistake has occurred," she told reporters on the sidelines of World Tourism Day celebrations in New Delhi.

"Though no time frame can be immediately given, but we are trying to complete inquiry at the earliest, without rushing the matter through," Soni added.

Referring to the reported rape of two Japanese tourists, the minister, who is also in-charge of tourism, said it was a deeply regrettable incident, which "stood out as a blot on all our efforts" to project India as a tourist-friendly nation.

"In one stroke, such incidents ruin all our promotional campaigns in the world tourism market," Soni said adding her ministry was trying to prevent such incidents in the "best possible ways."

The minister said about eleven states have exclusive 'tourist police' to cover the destinations and rest have their regular police posted at tourist spots.

"We, on our parts, keep asking the state governments from time to time to augment tourist security measures," the minister said.