Mumbai blasts lead to communication shutdown in local government: Indian chief minister

09:58, July 16, 2011      

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India's western state of Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Friday said that he was cut off from his police force for almost 15 minutes after the triple blasts Wednesday evening in Mumbai as the mobile networks were jammed.

"There was complete communication breakdown in first 15 minutes. It was shocking and unacceptable," Chavan said here.

"It unnerved me. Mobile network was jammed for 15 minutes. We need to improve that," Chavan added.

Chavan admitted that public anger following Wednesday's triple blasts in Mumbai was legitimate.

He said that people are angry why the government has been unable to stop Mumbai being attacked time and again.

Claiming that things are actually better than they were during the November 2008 terror strikes, Chavan also said, "it will be too ambitious to say we can ensure 100 per cent safety."

He, however, added that the government of the day has to ensure safety no matter who holds the power.

He also blamed the red tape for holding up buying of crucial security equipment like closed circuit TVs and there were serious problems in police transfers and postings in the state which led to poor security and intelligence.

Source: Xinhua
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