Attackers will be brought to book, promises PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday, promised Mumbai that the government would “relentlessly pursue the perpetrators” of the blasts as it owed this to the “grieving families.” HT reports. The theories | What the govt had promised after 26/11Updated: Jul 15, 2011 02:13 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday, promised Mumbai that the government would “relentlessly pursue the perpetrators” of the blasts as it owed this to the “grieving families.”
He said, “They [the perpetrators] must be brought to justice quickly and be subject to the rule of law that they have tried to subvert.”
Soon after his arrival in Mumbai with Congress party president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday evening, Singh said he came in solidarity of the people of Mumbai and he could “understand their shock and outrage”.
The duo visited those injured in the blasts at Saifee and JJ hospitals, interacting with the victims and their families. They also had a briefing on the entire incident and ongoing investigations from top police and government officials, along with chief minister Prithviraj Chavan.
The prime minister commended the state government’s response in the face of the tragedy. “The state administration has risen remarkably well and within an hour of the tragedy victims were taken to hospitals. There has also been remarkable coordination between the state and the Centre. Now our task is to catch who the culprits are,” he said while speaking to the media, following his visit to the hospitals.
Although Gandhi did not make any public statement during her two-hour visit, it is learnt learnt that she interacted with a majority of the injured at the hospitals.
The prime minister and Congress president travelled by road from the airport to the hospitals and back. Chavan, Mumbai Congress president Kripashankar Singh, state party president Manikrao Thakre and other senior government and police officials greeted them at the airport.
The Mumbai Congress delegation requested Singh to consider ensuring employment to the next of kin of the victims.
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and home minister RR Patil were present during the visit. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, who is in the city, stayed away.
At a meeting at the airport, Chavan and additional chief secretary (home) Umesh Chandra Sarangi briefed Singh and Gandhi about the steps taken by the state government post-26/11.
Sarangi briefed them about the incident, findings of the investigations and action taken by the police and the state. Singh reacted positively after the briefing and offered help from the Centre.
First Published: Jul 14, 2011 20:48 IST