New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said there are indications of involvement of Indian module in the July 13 Mumbai blasts that killed 26 people. It is for the first time that the government has pointed towards the involvement of a homegrown terror group for the three explosions in the metropolis.

The Home Minister also said all over the world right wing fascist forces were on the rise and India is no exception to it.

"While no conclusion has been reached, all indications point to Indian module," Chidambaram said about the Mumbai blasts, adding that perhaps it could be the same module that carried out a blast in the German Bakery in Pune last year.

He said that while there was a finger-pointing for every terror incident towards the neighbouring country, a clear reference to Pakistan, there is also an existence of home grown terror modules as also right wing fascist forces.

"We cannot live in denial. We cannot close our eyes to facts. There are home grown modules. Indian modules. They do not belong to one religion," Chidambaram said.

He said the Pune and Mumbai blasts are "two major blots" in the last 32 months since he assumed the charge of Home Minister. "I accept it," he said.

Chidambaram said another mistake was to point fingers at a particular religion whenever a bomb blast took place.

Describing the period from 2002 to 2008 as the worst phase of terrorism related violence, Chidambaram said there was a "failure to recognise" the growth of SIMI and Indian Mujahideen in these years at the political and government level.

He said the security forces have so far smashed 51 terror modules in last two years. "We have successfully busted a number of modules," he said.

The Home Minister said terrorism has taken a new dimension and it not only affects the nation's security but may even affect the nation's survival as one entity.

He said India lived in the most troubled and vulnerable neighbourhood in the world as the epicentre of terrorism has shifted to Afghanistan and Pakistan from West Asia.

"As long as the epicenter of terrorism is in this region, we continue to be under the shadow of terror and continue to be vulnerable," he said.

Chidambaram said that considerable improvement has been noticed in the intelligence machinery both at the state and at the Central level.

He said the Centre was receiving cooperation from chief ministers of all the states including those ruled by the opposition parties.

While the trial process in India was slow, the government in the last few months has invested thousands of crores of rupees into police modernisation and recruitment.
Citing terror attacks in other parts of the world, he said it was a myth that the US was free from any terror attack after 9/11.

The Home Minister said the National Investigative Agency has been a success story while the National Security Guards (NSG) have been empowered and expanded.

The NATGRID (national intelligence network) will be in place in the next 18 months and the entire software for the system will be built by an Indian company.

No foreign company will be involved in this process, Chidambaram said.

He noted that the Prime Minister has said there will be full-fledged discussion on the NCTC, which will subsume the NATGRID.

PC for study on right wing terror

Expressing serious concern over the growth of right wing terror groups, Chidambaram favoured a proper research and study of the phenomenon, while releasing a book "Indian Mujahideen: The Enemy Within" written by journalist Shishir Gupta at a function on Wednesday attended by Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley among others.

Asking the security forces to deal with the right wing terror groups "sternly and fearlessly", he said that these groups were also radicalising the youth in the same manner as was done by banned SIMI or Indian Mujahideen.

He said there was no difference between Indian Mujahideen and Hindu terror groups and both were enemies of the country. "..so actually, we do not have one enemy within on Thursday, we have two enemies within and hope there will not be a third or a fourth or fifth," Chidambaram said.

He said while the security establishment must treat it as security issue, build capacity and improve intelligence gathering capacity, the people must deal with the causes of provocation which gives rise to enemies within.

In his opening remarks, Jaitley stressed on the need for political will and effective mechanism to deal with the challenges posed by several enemy groups acting outside and within the country.

Hinting about Pakistan, Jaitley said the genesis of the problem "we discuss nearly has its roots not within but externally. We have a state at the western border which really never worked on a positive agenda. The India obsession was always there..."

Gupta's book is an attempt to link up all jihadi groups working across the country and to trace their linkages with terrorists based in countries like Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

(JPN/Agencies )