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SP questions Rahul's claims of ISI contacting Muzaffarnagar riot victims

Jan 07, 2014 08:12 PM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Minister and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Tuesday questioned Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's claim that Pakistan's ISI was trying to recruit disgruntled Muzaffarnagar riot-affected youngsters to carry out its nefarious designs.

Azam Khan said, "Rahul Gandhi was aware of this long back and he had also given a statement saying he was in touch with them. So Rahul must have provided details and if he hasn't, then he must be questioned."

The remarks came in the backdrop of the Home Ministry and Delhi Police denying reports that Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was in touch with some Muzaffarnagar riot victims and was trying to recruit them. Delhi Police Special Cell Commissioner SN Shrivastava clarified that Liaqat and Zamir who were arrested for being in contact with LeT are not Muzaffarnagar riot victims.

BJP President Rajnath Singh asked for an enquiry into the issue. He said, "I think there should be a serious enquiry into the issue of LeT infiltration in Uttar Pradesh."

The Congress supported Rahul saying that his statement that the ISI was trying to lure riot victims was correct. Congress leader and Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said, "I don't think that whatever honorable Congress Vice President said needs any substantiation by any investigaive agency. The fact is when you have a polarized environment, when you have a breakdown of communal harmony, forces which are enmical to India do try to fish in troubled waters."