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Maharashtra ATS, Delhi Police lacked coordination during 13/7 blasts probe: Home Secretary

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Jan 24, 2012 at 05:20pm IST

New Delhi: Union Home Secretary RK Singh on Tuesday admitted that there were coordination problems between Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and Delhi Police, saying that one of the two arrested in the 13/7 Mumbai blasts case is a police informer.

Congratulating Maharashtra ATS for cracking the case, Singh said that Naqee Ahmed Sheikh, who is one of the arrested in the blast case, was being used by the IB and Delhi police to track the terror modules.

"I am happy that Maharashtra ATS cracked the case. It is true that IB and Delhi Police were using Naqee Ahmed Sheikh as an informer, but that doesn't preclude his role as a possible bomber," he said.

"There were coordination problems between Maharashtra ATS and Delhi Police. To improve coordination between agencies, National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) will be put on ground soon," he added.

Singh also said that the Home Ministry has called a meeting of all the Director Generals of the state and Intelligence Bureau to improve coordination. "We will seek some additional reports from Mumbai ATS and Delhi police to know what exactly happened," he said.

A day after ATS announced a breakthrough, Singh said it had worked out the case on the basis of evidence which will be put through legal procedure.

Singh said in order to bring synergy between various forces, Government has set up the National Counter terrorism Centre(NCTC), which will be made operational soon.

"Besides this we, will call Directors General of Police of various state police forces for drafting a standard operating procedure for such kind of operations," he added.

Singh was answering questions from reporters regarding the arrest of two persons including Nauee Ahmed in connection with 13/7 blasts in which 27 people were killed.

When asked whether competitive politics came in the way of arrest of top terrorists keeping in view the kind of information obtained, Singh said "I had a detailed discussion with ATS Chief (Rakesh Maria) on Saturday. He

briefed me about his investigations and the Delhi Police and the IB had already briefed me about their operation, we will get some additional reports".

But, he said the Home Ministry would like to ensure a system whereby different agencies work together rather than separately when they are operating in a particular area.

Nauee Ahmed was an informer for Delhi Police and Intelligence Bureau and was helping them in nabbing the two 13/7 bombers Waqas and Tabrez besides a prize catch Yaseen Bhatkal.

About the rift, he said "It is true that IB and Delhi police were running an operation where he was the informer but the fact is that he was an informer in particular operation in which he was supposed to lead these people to a location. He led them to a location where some people were going to come, that is separate.

"That does not protrude the fact that he could have been or was involved in the bomb blast. The ATS had come to that conclusion after investigations and the ATS had briefed me about it on Saturday," he added.

(With additional inputs from PTI)

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