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Modi, PC re-ignite 15-yr-old debate

The controversy over the Congress government's alleged mishandling of the militant attack on the Charar-e-Sharif in Kashmir, Modi had alleged that the Congress government fed the terrorists who had holed up inside chicken biryani and later allowed them to get away, fearing they might blow up the historic monument if they were challenged, reports Prasad Nichenametla.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2009 01:18 IST
Prasad Nichenametla

The controversy over the Congress government's alleged mishandling of the militant attack on the Charar-e-Sharif in Kashmir, Modi had alleged that the Congress government fed the terrorists who had holed up inside chicken biryani and later allowed them to get away, fearing they might blow up the historic monument if they were challenged.

“Nothing can be farther than truth. The Chief Minister is spreading blatant lies and is defaming the Indian army. I demand an apology from Modi,” said Chidambaram.

Chidambaram then related his own account of the events. “In April 1995, Pakistan based operative Mast Gul and some fellow terrorists entered the shrine soon after which the army cordoned off the area asking them publicly to surrender. The shrine area was sealed for about three weeks but suddenly one day the wooden shrine caught fire and the terrorists tried to escape to which the army reacted with firing. Though the terrorists managed to escape the army lost seven brave soldiers,” he said.

“While it is unfortunate that the terrorists escaped that does not give right to Modi to belittle the efforts of the Indian army. Nobody fed the terrorists with Chicken biryani,” Chidambaram said.

Reacting to the verbal exchange between Modi and Priyanka Gandhi, the home minister reminded the state that these are national elections and requested the electorate to dwell upon serious issues related to development, social justice, security etc. “It is not budhiya or gudiya that we should discuss.”