Surat, Jul 30 (UNI) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today announced a reward of Rs 51 lakh to anyone who could provide information regarding terrorist networks responsible for serial blasts and a wave of terror in the state.
He said the identities of such informers will not be made public.
He also announced a reward of Rs 21,000 to those who helped the police locate live bombs.
Mr Modi, who visited five locations in the city where around 12 live bombs were found, said terrorists are out to destroy the economic backbone of the country.
Addressing a news conference, he said the terrorists have targeted major economic hubs of the country like Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Surat. They want to cripple the economy, he fumed.
The Chief Minister also said this is not terrorism but rather a proxy war. The nation needs to have a wartime strategy in this time of terror. Stringent laws must be enacted to counter the terror effectively. If the laws pertaining to terrorism remained lax, that will only boost the morale of the enemies of the nation.
While congratulating the people of Surat for showing exemplary courage and alertness in finding live bombs and co-operating with the police, he said this a good example which shows how the alert public can foil terrorists designs. He also announced a reward of Rs 21,000 for those who helped the police locate the live bombs in Surat, Ahmedabad and other parts of the state.
He said names of people who provide terror-related information will be kept secret.
He appealed to the people of Surat and other parts of the state not to pay any heed to rumours.
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