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Failure of intelligence, says CPI

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People urged to stay united to curb terrorism


Department to counter terrorist activities needed: CPI

‘This is time for all political parties to join hands’


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Representatives of political parties and other organisations at a meeting convened by the All-India Peace and Solidarity Organisation in Vijayawada on Saturday. —

VIJAYAWADA: Stressing the need for unity among people to curb the menace of terrorism, speakers at a meeting organised by the Krishna district unit of the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO) to condemn the terrorist attack on Mumbai city here on Saturday conveyed their condolences to the martyrs of the attack.

AIPSO Krishna district secretary B. Zamindar, who presided over the meeting, felt that American imperialism was encouraging terrorists to settle scores with its rival countries. “Terrorism, which has grown like a serpent, attacked the US itself in the form of an attack on World Trade Centre towers. In the present circumstances, it is not possible even for the US to curb terrorism,” he said. Communist Party of India (CPI) city secretary K. Subba Raju felt that there was a strong need to establish a separate department to counter the terrorist activities. “The present attack is clearly an indication of the failure of Intelligence. To avoid such lapses in the future, a separate wing should be established with efficient officers,” he felt. CPI (Marxist) city secretary R. Raghu found fault with the Hindu religious fundamentalist forces for the growth of terrorism. “The root cause for the rise in terrorism is the collapse of Soviet Russia. As long as Russia was socialistic, people were hopeful of equality. Now, in the wake of consumerism, people are forgetting concepts like social well being and are giving importance to their individual growth,” he said.

Vijayawada City Congress president Pyla Sominaidu called upon political parties not to blame the Central Government for the present attack. “This is time for all political parties to join hands and infuse confidence among public,” he said.

Telugu Desam Party’s urban leader Nagul Meera said there was no religion for terrorism. “It is not correct to blame people of a particular religion for the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. People should realise that no religion encourages such acts,” he said. Chairman of the Krishna District Freedom Fighters Association Avva Venkata Appa Rao, president of the Lok Satta party city unit K. Satyanarayana and others were present.

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