One more terror attack in a prime city of India and the blame-game starts as usual. The TV News channels are getting ‘stuff’ to chew on and raising their TRP ratings and the advertisement commercials make hay while the sun shines !
Hyderabad is a highly Muslim populated city – so its a good bet to get political gains for all the parties especially the BJP and the Opposition. I had visited the city recently in 2010 – the economic growth is laudable and construction activity had become ‘boom boom’ with many new well designed fly-overs connecting several arterial roads and prominent parts of the city. Driving through the city in the banjara hills late evening, I could get a feeling of pride and satisfaction within myself that I could not hide. I nudged my colleague Sudhir Venkatarama Reddy -‘hey, this city looks marvelous in the night with all buildings and Neon boards lit up – the city has really become a Hi-tech infotech city !’
“The twin blasts in Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad that happened on Feb 21, 2013 have taken a toll of 16 innocent lives with almost 120 people injured – and it is likely that this figure will increase. India’s internal security fabric remains vulnerable as ever to the attacks of this nature and while it is too early to come to any definite conclusion – the speculation and finger of suspicion seems to be pointing to the elusive Indian Mujahedin ( IM) group.”
One of the reports that has come from the Delhi police states that a terrorist suspect was caught in late 2012 and three areas including Dilsukhnagar were specifically mentioned in the report. If Dilsukhnagar had indeed been identified as a site surveyed by the terrorist suspects, then what kind of anticipatory action was taken by the local police ? and what steps were taken by the Central government ?
In addition, the Center states that all the major terror-probable cities (including Hyderabad) were cautioned about terror attacks after the hanging of terrorist convict Afzal Guru. Does that obviate the center from taking preventive action ? Is there no accountability expected from the AP State Governor E S L Narasimhan appointed by the center ? Is the Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde not responsible for this lapse ? Is the Intelligence bureau not effective enough ? Is the State Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy alone the only bait ? And much worse, the present Governor of Andhra Pradesh E S L Narasimhan was the Director of Intelligence Bureau until 2006 !
What’s happening ? We are losing precious young lives and no one wants to be responsible for failing to stop this dastardly terror attack ! Passing the buck…Will it stop now ?