Government to set up ‘internal security ministry’

September 17th, 2008 - 12:33 am ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is planning to set up an “internal security ministry” in the wake of the terror attacks in India in the last few months, informed sources said.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to take up the issue during a state governors’ conference on Wednesday, the sources told IANS.

Manmohan Singh is expected to address the conference, which began Tuesday.

There is mounting pressure on Home Minister Shivraj Patil to resign after he came under attack from opposition parties who have described him as the “weakest home minister”.

The opposition parties have criticised his handling of the security situation in the country following the terrorist attacks in Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and the latest in Delhi on Saturday.

Five explosions hit crowded markets in Delhi Saturday evening, killing 24 people and injuring around 100. A group calling itself the Indian Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the bombings.

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