Mumbai, Nov.28 : Leader of Opposition and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani has charged the Maharashtra Government with failing to gather intelligence to foil the planned and synchronised terrorist strikes in Mumbai that have so far claimed 127 lives and left a further 327 injured.
"The government has accepted it is a (intelligence failure) I believe that such an operation where so many terrorists are involved. It is not that some bombs kept at some locations and they are timed and in 15 minutes.... just like it happened in trains (blasts in Mumbai train) or in 1993 (Mumbai blasts).
This is lot of people are involved and lot of preparations must have gone into it may be of months and despite that the administration could not sense it. So intelligence failure is a standard word now and the government itself has used it," Advani said.
"We need a good law and zero tolerance to deal with terrorism and this attitude needs to be adopted by the administration and also by society," he added after visiting the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, one of the areas which was attacked, to take stock of the situation.
Around 800 army personnel have been reportedly deployed to flush out the militants and rescue hostages.