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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Home Affairs
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 235
ANSWERED ON FEBRUARY 25, 2015
Handing Over Bengaluru Blast Case to NIA
235. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state;
(a) whether Government has been apprised by the Karnataka Government on the progress/breakthrough in Bengaluru bomb blast case of December, 2014, which claimed the life of a woman and injured three others;
(b) if not, whether Government is considering handing over the case to the National InvestigationAgency (NIA);
(c) if not, the reasons therefor; and
(d) what additional steps have been suggested to the State Government for the security of Bengaluru and Karnataka in the wake of this bomb attack, the arrest of an ISIS operative from the city and other recent arrests of terrorist operatives in Karnataka?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
(SHRI HARIBHAI PARATHIBHAI CHAUDHARY)
(a) to (c): The Bengaluru Blast Case dated 28thDecember, 2014 is being investigated by the Karnataka Police. The Karnataka Police have not been able to solve this case till now. However, the CentralGovernment has not received any recommendation from the State Government to hand over this case to NIA.
(d): A very close and effective coordination exists amongst intelligence agencies at the Centre and the States on intelligence sharing. The Intelligence inputs about possible designs and threats are shared with the State Governments concerned on a regular basis. The Multi Agency Centre (MAC) has been strengthened and re-organized to enable it to function on 24x7 basis for real time collation and sharing of intelligence with other intelligence agencies and States, which ensures seamless flow of information between the State and the Central agencies. The arrest of ISIS twitter handler and other terrorist operatives of Indian Mujahideen recently is the result of close coordination between Central Agencies and the Karnataka Police.