Guv blames UP intelligence; Mayawati puts onus on Centre

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Lucknow, Nov 28 (UNI) Even as Uttar Pradesh Governor T V Rajeswar claimed that poor state intelligence network was the main reason behind the terrorist acts, Chief Minister Mayawati again held the Centre responsible for infiltration of terrorists from across the Indo-Nepal border.

Ms Mayawati has again written to the centre for strengthening the security at the international border with Nepal claiming that the November 23 serial blasts in Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad were the handiwork of the ultras, who had infiltrated from across the international borders.

Addressing a news conference here, she maintained that the Centre was responsible for security at the international borders. Often terrorists, after infiltrating, mix-up with the local people and even obtain ration cards and other national identity cards.

''...this makes it impossible for the state security agencies to nab the anti-national elements,'' she pointed out.

Meanwhile, Mr Rajeswar, a former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief, during his ritual address at the opening ceremony of the Police Week this morning, said there were 'sleeping' terrorist modules in UP and the intelligence network should work round the year to counter the anti-terrorist network.

''Terrorist activities at regular interval in the state prove that these modules are working in connivance with the locals.

''The intelligence agencies only step up their work in the aftermath of any incident...rest of the time they do nothing,'' he commented, while welcoming the state government's decision to set up Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), expanding the elite STF and introduction of UP Organised Crime Control Act (UPOCCA).

Making a scathing attack on the police machinery, the governor commented that although the regime had changed in UP, the culture of the police department was yet to change.

''I have said the same thing repeatedly in my earlier address on the same occasion, but no one took cognisance,'' he lamented.

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