RS members call for national approach to fight terror

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New Delhi, Nov 26 (UNI) Members in the Rajya Sabha today felt a ''national approach'' should be adopted to counter terrorism with many of them seeking to know whether the Central and State governments were adequately prepared to face the menace.

Initiating the debate on the suo motu statement by Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal on the serial blasts in three cities of Uttar Pradesh on Friday, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi regretted that both the Centre and UP governments did not take the ''alarm bells'' seriously.

The blasts shook the court premises in Lucknow, Faizabad and Varanasi close on the heels of the arrest of three terrorists in Lucknow who had spilled the beans about the conspiracy to kidnap a top political personality. Lawyers were made the targets this time as they had refused to plead the cases of terror suspects, he said.

Mr Joshi said UP Chief Minister Mayawati had claimed that no information was provided to her government about the impending blasts. ''This raises the question if there is coordination between the Centre and State governments. In some cases the government acts swiftly and in many instances it does not,'' he said. There was an attempt to give an impression that this was the work of ''locally-bred'' terror operators, the former Union Minister said.

Mr Jaiswal, in his statement, gave a detailed account of the blasts in court premises of three UP cities where 13 people were were killed and scores injured. The Government, he said, strongly condemned the mindless violence and expressed its resolve to combat terrorism. The security and intelligence agencies continued to neutralise the terrorists through preventive measures, he said.

The fight against terrorism had to be fought at different levels where political parties, media, government and civil society will have to play an important role, Mr Jaiswal said.

''We will not allow these anti-national forces to disturb peace and communal harmony in the country,'' he declared.

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