New Delhi: A specific alert warning attack by Pakistan-based terrorist group was shared by central security agencies with Hyderabad police on Thursday morning, home ministry officials said on Friday.
Twin blasts ripped through a crowded market in Hyderabad on Thursday, leaving 16 dead and 120 injured.
The ministry had sent specific alert yesterday morning to four cities — Hyderabad, Bangalore, Coimbatore and Hubli — warning them of probable attacks by terrorists, they said.
Besides, Maharashtra and Gujarat police forces were also sent the alert, the officials said.
According to home ministry officials, the alerts were also sent to all states on February 19 and 20, that Pakistan-based terrorist groups may carry out attacks in a major city to avenge the hanging of 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab and Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
They said the central security agencies had sent an advisory on Tuesday asking all states to tighten security in sensitive places as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen may launch attacks.
The security agencies sent another advisory on Wednesday saying banned Indian Mujahideen may carry out terror attacks to avenge the hanging of Kasab and Guru.
Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde had on Thursday said all states were alerted about a possible terror strike by militant groups.
However, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy had said those were general alerts which often keep coming from the Centre.
AP govt in dock over 'inaction' on terror warning
The Andhra Pradesh government has come under fire from Opposition parties for failing to act on intelligence inputs provided by the Centre on possible terror strike, which eventually ended up in twin bomb blasts at Dilsukhnagar here, leaving 16 people dead and 117 injured.
The state government had yesterday said the intensity of the Centre's warning was "not clear" though an alert was issued before hand.
"The twin blasts were clearly a result of the state government's failure. The government remained lax even after the Centre issued a warning," Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu told reporters here.
The former chief minister who reached Hyderabad this morning from Guntur district inspected the twin blasts site and later went to Omni hospital where the injured were undergoing treatment.
He pointed out that the terrorists triggered the blasts with a perfect plan.
"It's deplorable that the state government did not take the Centre's warning (on terror strike) seriously. At least now the government should switch to the alert mode and prevent such ghastly incidents from recurring," Chandrababu demanded and sought an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of those killed in the blasts.
YSR Congress held both the Centre and the state government responsible for the blasts.
"Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy's observations on the incident clearly expose his inexperience and lack of understanding. He owes an apology to the public," YSRC leader and former MP M V Mysura Reddy said.
Meanwhile, state ministers Pitani Satyanarayana and D K Aruna, after a meeting with the Chief Minister, defended the government and said all steps were being taken to prevent terror attacks. They appealed to people to observe restraint.
Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana also backed police and maintained that there was no failure on their part.
"Please don't politicise the issue," Botsa, who is also the state Transport Minister, appealed to Opposition parties.