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Governments are to blame for attack, say BJP leaders

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`Police failed to take action despite intelligence reports' `The police ignored intelligence agency reports'


  • There is a communication gap between the State police and intelligence agencies: BJP
  • Dharam Singh should resign: AIPJD
  • Take action against the police for security lapse: CPI
  • High-level inquiry needed: Jamaat-E-Islami Hind

    BANGALORE: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday alleged that the Union and State governments failed to initiate measures to prevent a terrorist attack on the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) here.

    Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary and MP from Bangalore South H.N. Ananth Kumar, who is also a member of the Governing Council of the IISc., said the attack has shown that Bangalore is under threat from terrorists.

    Even after intelligence agencies had alerted the State police, they failed to take steps to ensure safety, he added.

    He said that terrorists are targeting Bangalore, which is known as the knowledge capital of the country, to destroy peace and the investment-friendly climate.

    `Strengthen intelligence'

    The Government should strengthen its intelligence wing and nab terrorists hiding in the city. Terrorism has spread to the south, he said.

    President of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party Jagadish Shettar and Deputy Leader of the party group in the Legislative Council Ramachandra Gowda condemned the terrorist attack.

    In a statement issued here, Mr. Shettar said that two years ago, there were Central intelligence reports that terrorists were targeting the IISc.

    There was a security breach on the campus when Prime Minister of China Wen Jiabao visited the IISc. in April last. Despite that incident, the Government failed to take steps to prevent the attack on the IISc., he said.

    Mr. Ramachandra Gowda said the Union and State governments failed to provide security to the institute.

    The incident indicated a communication gap between the State police and intelligence agencies, he added.

    `Provide equipment'

    He urged the Government to provide equipment to the police to prevent attacks and ensure peace and security in Bangalore.

    The All-India Progressive Janata Dal has condemned the terrorist attack on scientists and demanded that Chief Minster N. Dharam Singh resign owning moral responsibility.

    Mr. Dharam Singh, who holds the Home portfolio, has failed to provide modern equipment to the police to counter terrorist attacks, R. Krishnappa, President of the Bangalore city unit of the All-India Progressive Janata Dal, said in a press statement issued here.

    `Security lapse'

    The State Council of the Communist Party of India condemned the attack and mourned the death of retired professor M.C. Puri. In a press note, Siddanagouda Patil, Secretary, said that though there were indications about the attack, there was a security lapse.

    Although the Sadashivanagar Police Station is located near the IISc. campus, the police reached the spot late, he alleged.

    The Communist Party of India demanded that the Government take action against the police officers concerned for the security lapse at the institute.

    In a press release here, Ibrahim Sayeed, President of the Karnataka and Goa zone of the Jamaat-E-Islami Hind condemned the attack and said it will affect the emerging importance of Bangalore.

    Inquiry sought

    He urged the State Government to conduct a high-level inquiry and expose those involved.

    Expressing concern over the "lack of efficiency" of the police and its intelligence wing, Mr. Sayeed said that despite a threat of terrorist strike, they did not take preventive measures.

    Insecurity

    Such an incident at a premier scientific institution will hamper development and increase a feeling of insecurity among scientists, he added.

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