Karnataka police 'efficiently' handled serial blasts: BSY

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Kollur, Karnataka, Aug 3: Rejecting the opposition charge that State police had failed to properly handle the recent serial blasts in the Bangalore, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said it had handled the episode efficiently. Speaking to reporters during his visit to this temple town he said soon after the eight blasts, which took life of a woman and left seven injured, he said police had acted swiftly and ensured that situation was under control.

"Destabilising forces are hatching a systematic conspiracy to create insecurity among the people all over the nation. My government is fully committed to contain such terrorist acts. We have asked the Deputy Commissioners and the Police to enforce Karnataka Congrol of Oganised Crimes Act (KCOCA) and Anti-goonda Act in such circumstances," he said.

Under the year 2000 Act a suspect could be arrested without a warrant. It enables court to punish not only such syndicates but also people who receive money from these organisations.

He said people connected with Naxal activities, anti-social elements and those harbouring such elements would be listed and action would be initiated against them.

The State government had released Rs 25 crore to further equip the police force and strengthening of intelligence department had been taken up. Training to combat terrorism was being imparted and sophisticated weapons being procured, he said.

He said had consulted with the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil soon after the serial blasts in the state capital and the Centre had assured all help.

He stated that the police department had already nabbed three suspected terrorists involved in the serial bomb blast incident.

UNI

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