BJP MP and former Union home secretary RK Singh on Sunday advocated launching a covert operation to eliminate gangster Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan.
In an interview to Aaj Tak, Singh said that a covert operation was the only way to deal with Dawood, who has been holed up in Pakistan after conspiring to carry out the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts in which 257 people died and around a thousand others were injured.
Singh also spoke about a failed operation, during the first NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to nab the gangster.
“I have heard that preparation was on to launch a covert operation against Dawood. Some people were being trained as well.
But some Mumbai police officials, who were on Dawood’s payroll, scuttled the operation,” Singh said, adding India should start preparing for another operation even if an earlier one had failed.
According to the MP, India should follow Israel’s example of dealing on its own with the enemy as the country couldn’t depend on the US to fight its battles.
Singh said that the PM, home minister, and intelligence agencies should together gear up for dealing with Dawood as the latter would not do anything on their own.
The PM would have to take a call and indicate determination like he did while ordering a strike inside Myanmar.