Two bomb blasts took place in Hyderabad. Officially, 14 people lost their lives and unofficially, more than 20 people lost their lives. Daily newspapers are reporting this incident like television, but some other questions arise here. The question is : what is that magic in which within two hours of a bomb explosion names reach the police and a sketch is readied that this person was involved, was involved in such and such a way, in such and such a way he got training and then, along with the names of people, the names of organisations also begin to come forward.
The question which arises here is that if our Intelligence agencies or the police are so capable that hardly has an incident taken place and the identities of those involved become known to them, then why doesn’t it happen that those people are caught before the incident occurs ? Why doesn’t the information that such and such an incident is about to happen reach the Intelligence agencies before hand, so that they can prevent and stop an incident from happening ? Our highly capable Home Minister makes a statement that we had a general alert. The Home Minister is not a child. He is the Home Minister of 120 crore people and in the last two months he has ‘glorified’ his name several times.
Several statements made by Sushil Kumar Shinde have been ridiculous and laughable. His statement on saffron terror and the more than a week long debate and arguments that followed and his subsequent statement which amounted to almost an apology surprised and amazed everybody. Can the country’s Home Minister be so irresponsible as to say something without having any proof or evidence ? If he speaks with proof or evidence, then why apologise? But it is very surprising that this question does not disturb either Manmohan Singh nor Sonia Gandhi.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde made a similar statement after the Hyderabad blasts that we had issued a general alert. Nowadays, this sentence has become a ‘pet word’ with the Home Ministry and the Intelligence agencies, a language of common parlance. Before every festival and once a month Intelligence agencies issue a warning to the police in every State that information has reached us that something is about to happen and the State Government should deal with this information. The State Governments do not get any lead nor any vital information. Just a one or two line ‘advisory’ is provided, implying that something is about to happen. The question arises again: should the Home Minister make such a ridiculous statement ? The Home Minister will not have any hesitation, because he changes his statements as if they were clothes. The thing to marvel over is that on the recent Hyderabad blasts, he changed his statement three times.
Can the country’s Home Minister be so irresponsible as to say something without having any proof or evidence ? If he speaks with proof or evidence, then why apologise? But it is very surprising that this question does not disturb either Manmohan Singh nor Sonia Gandhi.
If the information network system that once existed is not established again, then I am very afraid – and that fear arises from General Musharraf entering India, spending 24 hours here, and then going back safely. What kind of a Government do we have which didn’t know that Musharraf had entered India, spent 24 hours on Indian soil, till it was brought to light by a Pakistani colonel ?
The British had established the Intelligence system in a particular way. Above it, in a particular ‘thana’ area, they ‘selected’ persons from amongst the criminals and made it a point to give them money. In return for the money, the persons provided information not only about their own gang but also about other gangs to the ‘thana’ incharge and the ‘thana’ incharge took action on the basis of that information. The information provided was usually correct, because the informant supplying the information knew that if it was wrong or incorrect, the ‘thana’ incharge would get him trapped in some matter or the other. Acting on the basis of the vital information provided prevented or stopped major criminal acts from happening. Minor criminal acts did take place, but information about them was timely so they could be brought within the circle of the law. When Independence was gained, this system began to fail gradually, because no record was kept of money paid to informants in lieu of information, and that money, in the guise of a ‘scheme’ began being distributed from bottom to top. The volume of the money involved certainly began increasing, but gradually, less of it began reaching the information network. Today, there is a situation where that money is still called ‘secret’, but it is no longer used anywhere to obtain information –instead it is shared openly between officers. Therefore, neither the Intelligence agencies nor the police can get real information. As a result, relying on whatever little they can glean from the newspapers and the internet, they name somebody or the other as a conspirator. Instead of this resulting in the case getting solved, it becomes even more complicated.
I was not writing in favour of the conspirators but am talking about the inertia, the sloth of the police. I am writing about the reasons for the failure of the system. Till now, in all the bomb explosions that have taken place, not only did whoever the police initially declared were involved turn out to be not involved, but in their stead, some others were brought forward as the culprits. And because they have links with political parties, they have never been punished. The number of bomb blasts which have taken place over the last five or eight years, if we look at them serially, we will probably not find anyone who has been punished or has been caught . Why ? Because if those the police is naming are indeed the culprits, then the police is warning them right at the outset, is alerting them by the way it is carrying out its investigation and is thereby simultaneously giving the suspects an opportunity to find a way to protect themselves. It also happens sometimes that someone from the investigation team itself keeps providing inside information to the suspects – this and this is happening, and so on.
I am writing this also because even if there is some patriotism left in us, and we are concerned about the system, then we will have to immediately correct all these things, for which the Home Minister, Opposition leaders, and State Home Ministers will have to sit together and rectify and improve the system.
If the information network system that once existed is not established again, then I am very afraid – and that fear arises from General Musharraf entering India, spending 24 hours here, and then going back safely. What kind of a Government do we have which didn’t know that Musharraf had entered India, spent 24 hours on Indian soil, till it was brought to light by a Pakistani colonel?
It is more than ten years since Kargil happened, but our Government did not get to know that our neighbouring country’s general came, stayed here, made a plan and after laughing at our foolishness, went back. This means that anybody, by whatever means, can enter India anywhere. The second point is that the Intelligence network is a zero in the country itself, it is a zero in foreign countries too. Such a big incident took place about which everybody in the Pakistani army knew, but this information did not reach us. This means that our ‘people’ who operate in foreign countries are either paid by foreign powers or they indulge in double crossing. What the right word for it is, I do not know, but the Prime Minister, the Defence Minister and the heads of Intelligence agencies are not one bit ashamed that Musharraf came here and went back, and we could not advance, could not doing anything beyond blaming him. What should have been done is that whoever the general was at that time, whoever were handling the Intelligence system, should have been court martialled, should have been punished and all those who were involved in these happenings should have been given exemplary sentences, so that the system remains secure and intact. But neither the Prime Minister, neither the Army, nor those in the Intelligence system were seen feeling ashamed or contrite.
It is a very shameful situation for India and its shows that leave alone Pakistan, even Sri Lanka, Burma and Nepal can come and slap us and return with impunity, and beyond smiling and saying, ‘do it this time, then we’ll retaliate’, there’s nothing we can do.