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Cop out in the Capital

The politics around Wednesday's blast outside the Delhi High Court at ten fourteen in the morning, that claimed eleven lives and injured more than fifty, was predictable.

The opposition parties, notably the BJP and the Left parties, blamed the government and the Delhi police for failing to prevent a second blast in front of the High Court within four months. Political point scoring apart, there is merit in the Opposition's argument that the Intelligence Agencies have failed to display, yet again, that one basic trait they need to display in their daily duties: intelligence.

Add to this the lack of coordination between the various agencies. Even as Union Home Minister P Chidambaram passed the buck to the Delhi police, saying there was an 'input', Delhi police sources say there hasn't been any specific input on yesterday's blast. They add that since all agencies were asked to track movements of Team Anna for the past month, every thing else took a backseat. And that includes tracking terror modules. 

Regrettably, the security agencies like the IB, the CBI and the police have in recent years been increasingly involved in spying on the Opposition and help tackle challenges that come up before the government. This keeps them away from maintaining law and order in the state and prevent terror incidents. And the union government is not the only one to blame for this. The opposition BJP had attacked the Maharashtra government over the Pune blast, alleging it was engaged in protecting the makers of the film My Name is Khan, leaving terrorists scot free.

Soon after 26/11, Chidambaram had formed a multi-agency centre (MAC) for better coordination among states on intelligence sharing. But ever since its inception, MAC has been nothing more than a brilliant idea, as terror modules continue to flourish. Wonder how many more netas we need to see in Tihar, before the police get back to policing again?

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