Modi says he alerted PM on possible bombings in Delhi (Lead)September 14th, 2008 - 12:08 am ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Sep 13 (IANS) As six serial explosions rocked New Delhi, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said he had alerted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh 10 days ago that the national capital would be the next target of terrorists after Ahmedabad and Bangalore.”Suspects arrested after the Ahmedabad blasts had clearly told our police that very soon there will be blasts in Delhi.
“They had said that all preparations for the blasts had been completed and only orders to carry them out were awaited,” Modi told reporters here.
“Ten days ago, when I met the prime minister, the home minister (Shivraj Patil) and the National Security Advisor (M.K. Narayanan) in New Delhi, I had specifically informed them that the terrorists being interrogated by the Gujarat police had indicated Delhi was going to be their next target,” Modi said.
“The terrorists had said they were going to target Delhi in the near future, though we did not have specific dates or places,” he added.
Modi is here to attend his Bharatiya Janata Party’s national executive meeting that began Friday.
Bangalore was hit by eight blasts on July 25 killing one woman. A day later Ahmedabad was rocked by 20-odd blasts, which claimed 56 lives.
Modi said innocent people were being killed due to “the soft policy adopted by the central government”.
He said the states should be allowed to frame anti-terror laws to combat extemism.
Modi said he had raised the issue of terrorism earlier Saturday during the BJP national executive meet.
“If we want to fight terrorism, the country will have to unite against terrorists,” he maintained.
BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani also told a party rally here Saturday evening that Modi had informed the prime minister and the home minister of the threat.
“Modi had alerted the prime minister and the home minister 10 days back that interrogation of SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) activists in Ahmedabad had revealed that next blasts would be in Delhi,” Advani said.
The SIMI activists had been arrested in Ahmedabad in connection with serial blasts there and earlier in Bangalore.
“Modi’s alert has not been heeded,” Advani said.
He and BJP president Rajnath Singh, who also addressed the rally, condemned the blasts.