“We told them that combing operations in and around the stadium were on and would continue till every nook and corner is searched. However, they took the decision to shift from Bangalore for their own reasons. I will not comment further”, Acharya said.
A day after explosions rocked Chinnaswamy Stadium during the IPL match on Saturday, State Home Minister V S Acharya insisted that there was no security lapse on the part of the government.
Q: Despite an assurance from the state government that there will be no threat to cricket matches in Bangalore, the venue has been sifted to Mumbai. Why did the organisers lose faith in you? Acharya: We told the organisers that all arrangements would be made to ensure the safety of the stadium and it would be under our control. Despite our assurances, they shifted the venue. There could be different reasons for this —I don’t want to comment on them. They are the managers and they have every right to change the venue. We did our best to convince them.
Did the state government receive any intelligence inputs about the bomb blasts earlier? We did not receive any information from the Centre.
Why didn’t the police foresee the threat? There is no security lapseon our part.
But bombs were recovered even a day after the Mumbai Indians versus Royal Challengers-Bangalore (RCB) clash... We managed to comb the area within a few minutes after the explosions and ensured that no untoward incidents took place inside the stadium.
What could be the motive behind the blasts? What is the message that the terror elements are trying to send? Someone wanted to postpone the match and they had placed objectionable materials in an attempt to change the match schedule but we foiled their plans. It could have been planted in the morning hours. Nothing has happened inside the stadium.
Have you zeroed in on any specific terrorist group? We are investigating the matter. Whoever is behind the act will be punished.