BJP slams Chidambaram on Ishrat encounter

BJP slams Chidambaram on Ishrat encounter

Chidambaram had said the Gujarat Government could not justify the killings using Central intelligence inputs as conclusive proof. It (such statement) was not expected from a Home Minister of a federal government and "that too on a foreign soil", BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters in Bangalore.

When the High Court was seized of the matter and an inquiry was in progress, how could the Home Minister come to a conclusion, he asked. "It (Chidambaram's statement) will also dilute our fight against terrorism," he said.

Flaying the "orchestrated campaign" to malign the Gujarat Government and Chief Minister Narendra Modi "by Congress" and other parties, Naidu said the encounters in the state were the lowest in the country in the last five years compared to many Congress-ruled states.

The Union Home Ministry has clearly stated in its affidavit in the Ahmedabad High Court that the accomplices of Ishrat were described as operatives of Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, he said.

"Accusing the Gujarat government of staging false encounters is political opportunism", Naidu said. "The victims' families are yet to tell us why their kin were found with the two Pakistani nationals", he said.

Assuming that Ishrat was not a terrorist, what about the three persons who were with her, and Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai who is said to have had two passports, had gone to Oman and met LeT cadres there, Naidu asked.

Naidu said the IB report stated that Ishrat and Javed went to Lucknow, Agra and a few other cities as husband and wife. "If she is a college student in Mumbai, what was she doing in a car in Ahmedabad ?", he asked.

"The affidavit filed by the Centre also says Ishrat, Javed and the two persons who accompanied them were terror suspects", he said.

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