Govt determined to combat terrorism: Patil
The Home Minister appealed to everyone to ensure that such acts of terror do not disturb peace and public order.india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 00:44 IST
Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Wednesday said in the Rajya Sabha that the Varanasi temple was targeted to cause communal tension in the country.
Patil appealed to everyone to ensure that such acts of terror by "some desperate anti-national elements" do not disturb peace and public order.
In a statement tabled in Rajya Sabha amid pandemonium over the twin blasts in Varanasi, Patil assured that the Government remained firmly committed to combating terrorism.
He said that theCentre had reviewed the situation immediately after the blasts and state governments were "sensitised" to step up vigil and take all precautionary measures to ensure communal peace and harmony.
Patil said that additional forces - five companies (500 personnel) of Rapid Action Force and 10 companies (1,000 personnel) of PAC - have been deployed.
He addedsaid the state authorities have entrusted the investigation of these blasts to the Special Task Force.
"No arrest has been made in this regard. The State is taking all possible steps to nab the perpetrators and the Centre will render all possible help and assistance," he said.