Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said that the state government will beef up security in Maharashtra after a plot to kill Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray came to light on Tuesday, during the 26/11 trial at a Chicago court. Chavan said this at the inauguration of a sports complex in Nagpur on Thursday.
Chavan said that the state government would tighten security following revelations by Pakistani-born American terrorist and a co-accused of the 26/11 attacks, David Coleman Headley.
Headley testified that Pakistan’s inter-services intelligence (ISI) agency had colluded with terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba to hatch a plot to assassinate Thackeray.
Chavan also said that the state was waiting for details from the Indian government, which has sought particulars from the US government on confessions made by Headley and the other 26/11 co-accused, Tahawwur Rana.
Chavan aslo addressed several other political issues.
He denied controversy over the Rs10.87 crore bill issued by the Indo-Tibetan border police (ITBP) to the state government for the security of Kasab, who has been lodged at the Arthur Road jail since 2009. The state government does not want to solely foot the bill. “I will talk about the issue with concerned authorities at the Centre during my next visit to Delhi,” he said.
Commenting on the alleged rift with the Nationalist Congress Party over the dissolution of the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank’s governing board, he said, “We have very cordial relations with our allies,” he said.
Chavan also said that the state would introduce the multi-ward system, Prabhag, for the civic elections in all municipal corporations to be held next year, except in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, in Yavatmal, Chavan told a farmers’ delegation that he would talk to the Prime Minister on lifting the ban on cotton exports. Chavan was there on Thursday for the Paani Parishad (water convention), organised by the state Congress committee.