New Delhi: In a reflection of the inter-departmental differences between the government departments, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has decided to pull itself out of Mumbai blasts probe following a rift with the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Mumbai police which is jointly probing the July 13 Mumbai blast with the Crime Branch of the city police.

Reports suggest that the NIA has called back all its officials and have decided to keep away from the probe. However, to prevent any criticism from Home Minister P Chidambaram, the agency is keeping mum over the issue.

Notably, NIA did an effective work in the 13/7 blast probe by sending its officials to Mumbai and raiding the house of terrorist Manzoor Imam in Ranchi.

The agency also investigated the terror links in Ahmedabad. But, after facing restrictions from ATS, it decided to separate itself from the investigation.

A senior NIA official said, “We have called back all our officials except an SP level officer who has been asked to keep a watch over the updates in the probe.”

He also said that non-cooperative attitude of the ATS led to NIA’s ouster.  “ATS even refused to recognise the significant details of events provided by NIA. We even tried to negotiate with the ATS officials but in vain. Hence, no option was left with us but to withdraw,” he said.

Remarkably, NIA was constituted especially for probing cases of terrorist attack after 26/11.