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Malegaon blasts an attempt at disturbing communal harmony: Jaiswal

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Latur, Maharashtra, Sep 9 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal today said anti-national forces were behind the Malegaon blasts in a systematic attempt to disturb communal harmony.

Mr Jaiswal ruled out intelligence failure in the case of the blasts in Mumbai and Malegaon.

Addressing a news conference after laying the foundation stone for the proposed National Disaster Management Training Centre here, Mr Jaiswal said the Union Government had information about possible terrorist attacks during the Ganesh Festival and every care was taken by the State and Central forces to avert such incidents and maintain law and order. The incident in Malegaon occurred after the Ganesh Festival, he said.

He said the latest attacks on religious places has once again proved that anti-national forces are trying to disturb the communal harmony.

The role of religious leaders has, therefore, become important and they shoulder the responsibility of strengthening the communal harmony by showing unity, he said.

Mr Jaiswal said the government would develop an unique technique to prevent such attempts of the anti-national forces in the days ahead.

Regarding the decision of the Union Home Ministry to set up National Disaster Management Training Centre at Latur, which had witnessed a devastating earthquake in 1993, Mr Jaiswal said the proposed centre, to be modeled on the lines of the world-class Disaster Management Centre of Singapore, would play an important role in managing disasters scientifically and systematically in the future.

The National Disaster Management Training Centre will have state-of-the-art infrastructure and training equipments. The institute will train personnel from the CRPF, other para military forces, the state police and civil search and rescue organisations.

Maharashtra Industry Minister Ashok Chavan also spoke on the occasion. Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who were scheduled to attend the function, could not make it. Both Mr Patil and Mr Deshmukh were on a visit to Malegaon, which was rocked by blasts yesterday. Vice Chairman of the National Disaster Management Academy Gen N C Vij and CRPF DG Mr Sinha also spoke on the occasion.

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