Patil tries to dispel reports about ''blame game'' on Jaipur blasts

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New Delhi, May 17 (UNI) Home Minister Shivraj Patil today tried to dispel the reports that the Centre and the Rajasthan government were involved in the ''blame game'' on the Jaipur serial blasts and said the Centre was providing all possible assistance to the state government in taking action against the perpetrators of the terror and provide succor to the victims of the blasts.

Strongly condemning the seven serial blasts in Jaipur on May 13, Mr Patil said, ''At this point of time, nothing should be done which would create obstacles and misunderstanding for the investigating agencies.'' ''For this purpose, no statement which can create misunderstanding between the agencies and governments should be made by those who are involved in doing their duties,'' he said.

The Home Minister's statement is significant in view of the media reports quoting National Security Advisor M K Narayanan reportedly blaming the Intelligence Bureau for not ''properly coordinating'' with the state intelligence agencies and its inability to provide focused intelligence to prevent such terror attacks.

''Issues which are not pertinent at this point of time need not be raised now. This is necessary to present a picture which is helpful for the task to be performed,'' he said.

''With this objective in mind, everybody is coming forth and trying to be helpful. This should be appreciated by one and all. In fact, the people appear to appreciate it,'' Mr Patil said.

Pointing out that some statements in the media have indicated that the Centre and the state have differences of opinion on some points relevant to the incidents that were perpetrated in Jaipur, he said the blasts were perpetrated to disturb the communal harmony.

The Home Minister said the people of the Pink City have behaved wisely and in a responsible manner and have not allowed the design to succeed.

''The victims need our understanding and sympathy. They should be helped in every respect. They are being helped in every respect by the Centre and state. Steps need be taken to take action against the perpetrators of the incidents. Those who are on this job should be helped in every respect. The Centre would help the state and its police to do its duty,'' the Home Minister said.


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