LeT in Uttar Pradesh: MHA denies police claim
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has clarified that the two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives nabbed by the Delhi Police had not approached the Muzaffarnagar riot victims, media reports said.
The Ministry has reportedly said that it is not convinced about the Lashkar link.
It said that more investigation is needed into the matter to support the Delhi Police claim that LeT militants approached young Muzaffarnagar riots victims and urged them to join the outfit.
Meanwhile, India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said the Samajwadi Party (SP)-led Uttar Pradesh government must come up with an explanation on the security lapse.
"This is a serious lapse. The SP must give a proper explanation to it. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) must also clarify on the issue," said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar.
The SP said it will initiate an investigation into the issue provided the Delhi Police shared the information with the UP government.
"There is no need to politicise the issue. We will investigate the matter if the Delhi Police provide us with the information," said SP leader Naresh Agarwal.
Earlier, the Congress demanded that party vice president Rahul Gandhi should be given the credit for 'first mentioning' this issue.
"If it is true, then it supports what Rahul Gandhi said weeks back. He should be given credit for his statement," said Congress leader Digvijaya Singh.
Militants of terrorist outfit LeT are trying to infiltrate into communally sensitive areas of Uttar Pradesh, said reports on Tuesday.
The Special Cell of Delhi Police has reportedly found during its investigations that LeT militants approached young Muzaffarnagar riots victims and urged them to join the outfit.
"According to sources, the terror outfit is trying to infiltrate the communally sensitive areas," reported CNN-IBN.
"Interrogation of two men arrested from Mewat in December also indicated that the LeT was offering money to lure cadres," said the news channel.
In October last year, Rahul claimed Pakistan's intelligence agencies were contacting some Muzaffarnagar riots victims in Uttar Pradesh.
During a rally at Indore city of Madhya Pradesh, Rahul claimed Pakistan's intelligence agencies like the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) were contacting some Muzaffarnagar riots victims.
"A couple of days ago, an intelligence officer walked into my office. I asked him what is happening in Muzaffarnagar? He told me that people from Pakistan are talking to few Muslim youths whose brothers or sisters were killed in Muzaffarnagar," Rahul said while addressing a rally in Indore on Oct 24.
"The officer told me that he was trying to convince victims not to get swayed by them," he said.
(Posted on 07-01-2014)