Mumbai blasts attack on Indias economic growth: Praful Patel

New Delhi: Terming the Mumbai blasts as an attack on India`s economic growth, Union Minister and NCP leader Praful Patel on Thursday said the Centre and state governments should set up a specialised force to deal with such situations in big cities.

Patel also agreed with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi`s remarks that it is not possible to keep a check on all such incidents due to the size of the city, but said that such a situation should not become a "permanent disability".

"There are slums and other such areas in big metros which make the work of police and security agencies difficult.

But this cannot become a permanent disability. The Centre and the state government will have to find ways and means including setting up of a specialised force to check repeat of such incidents in big cities," he said.

The Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises also said that such attacks send out a "wrong signal" as it is an attack on India`s "economic growth and might."

He said since 1993, Mumbai has been targeted by terrorists every two-three years because it is the economic capital of the country.