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PM briefs Kalam
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 13
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Mumbai tomorrow to express his solidarity with the victims of the serial blasts on Tuesday. The Prime Minister will visit some of the injured in the blasts and get an assessment from the Maharashtra government of the steps taken to improve security.

The Prime Minister met President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam today and discussed the security situation of the country in the wake of terror attacks in Mumbai and Srinagar.

During the 30-minute meeting, the Prime Minister is understood to have apprised Dr Kalam about the steps being taken by the government in view of the terror attacks that claimed the lives of over 200 people. Immediately after the terror attacks in Mumbai and Srinagar, Dr Singh had held an emergency meeting with Home Minister Shivraj Patil and his top aides following which Mr Patil, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad visited the commercial capital the same evening.

The government has alerted all states, asking them to increase vigilance in the aftermath of the blasts. Security at airports, religious places, defence and other sensitive establishments has been stepped up. Home Secretary V.K. Duggal today held a series of meetings to review the overall security measures put in place in the country after the July 11 blasts.

Home Ministry sources said the progress made by the investigating agencies in the probe into the Mumbai and Srinagar blasts also came up for review.

Sources said that investigating agencies were working on clues regarding the local logistic support provided by SIMI activists for the blasts.

The existence of SIMI and LeT modules in Nashik, Nagpur and Aurangabad had come to light during raids there in the past few months. A huge cache of explosives, including RDX, were seized during the raids.

Sources said investigators probing the attacks in Mumbai have obtained crucial leads like the pencil timers recovered from three of the seven sites.




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