Ministers seeks better intelligence to fight terror

May 15th, 2008 - 3:10 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Cabinet ministers Thursday discussed the Jaipur terror attacks in great detail and demanded greater coordination among the intelligence agencies to prevent such bombings. A cabinet minister told IANS that the meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, spent most of the one hour debating various aspects of the Tuesday blasts in Jaipur that killed 63 people.

“There was unanimity on the need to take more steps to strengthen the intelligence network,” the minister said.

The Jaipur explosions, which also left 216 people injured, was not on the agenda of the cabinet meeting, which was called mainly to discuss three listed issues.

But with the Jaipur carnage fresh on everyone’s minds, the ministers discussed it at some length.

Although none of the ministers blamed Pakistan by name, there were references to the alleged involvement of “one terrorist group across the border” and of “foreign intelligence agencies”.

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said that Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar and National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan briefed the ministers on the blasts in Jaipur but gave no further details.

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