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Ex- Home Secretary R. K. Singh asks people to stay alert of LeT activities

Patna, Jan.7 : Reacting to news reports about Lashkar-e-Taiba trying to recruit Muzaffarnagar riots victims, Former Home Secretary R.K. Singh on Tuesday stressed on the need for greater vigilance in the country and added that apart from security agencies, people also need to stay alert and should report such activities.


"We have to stay vigilant throughout the country, especially in states like UP and Bihar. The Lashkar-e-Taiba is constantly trying to recruit people from these states as it is a part of its strategy," said Singh.

"I think not just the security agencies, but the common people also need to be aware of all this. They should report to police if they come to know about any of this suspicious activity. This is very important," he added.

On Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's earlier statement reporting similar activity in Muzaffarnagar, Singh said: "The statement made by Rahul Gandhi was trying to show that all the riot victims should be under suspicion. This is a very wrong and unfortunate statement. You cannot think in such a way. It is different that the LeT will constantly try to recruit people."

A group of men living in the riot-hit Muzaffarnagar's relief camps have told investigators that two imams had approached them to join a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) module, according to reports.

Two Haryana imams were arrested last month for their suspected links to Lashkar-e-Taiba.

According to reports, a LeT operative had allegedly visited the relief camps of riots victims in Muzaffarnagar communal riots and sought to recruit men.

The men, who recorded their statements, are residents of relief camps in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli. They are believed to have told investigators that the two imams from Mewat-Hafeez Rashidi and Shahid-allegedly made numerous visits along with a senior LeT operative, currently on the run, according to reports.

Three months back, Rahul Gandhi had created a political stir and backlash, when he claimed that intelligence officers had told him about Pakistan's ISI trying to recruit angry Muslim youth from Muzaffarnagar.

Forty-five people have died in the prosperous sugarcane district of Muzaffarnagar and surrounding areas since clashes erupted between Muslims and majority Hindu Jats - a conservative farming community - in a sign of rising tension between the two groups ahead of general elections due by May. Government officials say 10 of the dead are Hindus.

The riot-hit victims languish in some 40 schools and mosques that have been converted into relief camps across Muzaffarnagar and neighboring areas, grateful for the safety in numbers and the three meals of rice and lentils provided daily.

The clashes were triggered on August 27 when a Muslim youth was stabbed to death by two Hindu youths after being accused of sexually harassing their sister. A Muslim mob stoned the two Hindus to death.

--ANI (Posted on 07-01-2014)

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