Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta on Friday said "that the state had become a safe haven for terrorist and disruptive forces during the Congress rule from 1993-2003."
"During 1993-2003, when Congress was in power, Madhya Pradesh had become a safe haven for the terrorist and disruptive forces as all the major incidents which took place within the country at that time had direct or indirect links with the state," said Gupta.
"In that period, large quantity of illegal weapons were found from Khargone district's Jhiranya (village of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, who was allegedly killed in a fake encounter in Gujarat); many activities of the banned SIMI came to fore; passports of persons connected with underworld were made at Bhopal and naxals were running an illegal weapons manufacturing facility here," he said.
"After the BJP came to power in MP, it busted the naxal illegal arms factory, destroyed the SIMI network in the state, besides keeping an effective check on activities of Maoists, land mafia and adulterators," the minister said.
On the current status of several arrested SIMI activists, against whom no charges have been proven in the court of law, the minister said "he did not want to comment on the court's procedures but added that even judges have agreed on the delay in giving justice to people and have therefore, felt the need to try such cases in special courts."