Congress ques­tions NIA

MECCA MASJID BLAST CASE AC­QUIT­TAL

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

The ac­quit­tals of five ac­cused in the Mecca Masjid blast case on Mon­day prompted the Congress to ques­tion the func­tion­ing of the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency under the Modi gov­ern­ment, but the BJP as­serted that the court’s de­ci­sion had ex­posed the op­po­si­tion party’s pol­i­tics of ‘de­fam­ing’ Hin­dus for votes.

Congress leader Ghu­lam Nabi Azad said the ac­cused in such cases had been ac­quit­ted ever since the BJP-led NDA gov­ern­ment was formed four years ago, and claimed that peo­ple were los­ing faith in in­ves­ti­ga­tion agen­cies.

A spe­cial anti-ter­ror court in Hyderabad ac­quit­ted Swami Asee­m­anand and four oth­ers in the Mecca Masjid case, rul­ing that the pros­e­cu­tion failed to prove charges.

A mas­sive blast had ripped through the Mecca Masjid on May 18, 2007, dur­ing Fri­day prayers, killing nine peo­ple and wound­ing 58 oth­ers.

Hyderabad MP and AIMIM pres­i­dent Asadud­din Owaisi said jus­tice was not done in the case and ac­cused the premier in­ves­ti­ga­tion agency NIA of not pur­su­ing the case prop­erly.

The BJP, how­ever, latched on to the ver­dict to fire a fresh salvo against the Congress for the use of terms such as "saf­fron ter­ror" and ‘Hindu ter­ror’ by its se­nior lead­ers

Congress leader Ghu­lam Nabi Azad said the ac­cused in such cases had been ac­quit­ted ever since the BJP-led NDA gov­ern­ment was formed four years ago, and claimed that peo­ple were los­ing faith in in­ves­ti­ga­tion agen­cies

and for­mer Union home min­is­ters P Chi­dambaram and Sushil Kumar Shinde.

Its spokesper­son Sam­bit Pa­tra ac­cused Congress lead­ers of prac­tis­ing "pol­i­tics of ap­pease­ment" in their stand on the court's ver­dict and won­dered what the UPA gov­ern­ment did in its over seven years of rule fol­low­ing the blast.

“For its ap­pease­ment pol­i­tics, the Congress tar­geted and de­famed Hin­dus and the coun­try for merely some votes. That con­spir­acy has been ex­posed. The Congress has been un­masked and ex­posed like never be­fore,” Pa­tra said.

Pa­tra de­manded that Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi and his pre­de­ces­sor So­nia Gandhi apol­o­gise for de­fam­ing Hin­dus if they had an "iota of in­ti­macy" with the coun­try. He al­leged that the op­po­si­tion party's lead­ers had learnt to tar­get the com­mu­nity from them.

Hit­ting back at the Congress lead­ers for blam­ing the BJP gov­ern­ment for the ac­quit­tals of the ac­cused, he al­leged that the op­po­si­tion party adopted "dou­ble stan­dards", as it had wel­comed a court or­der in favour of the ac­cused in the 2G spec­trum al­lo­ca­tion scam case, in­volv­ing lead­ers of the Congress's al­lies, of­fi­cials and busi­ness­men.

Pa­tra also noted that the Congress was in power for seven years af­ter the blasts and asked what it had done dur­ing the pe­riod.

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