The Delhi Police did not inform us about the arrest of the two Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives who allegedly met two people in Muzaffarnagar, top district officials said on Tuesday.
District magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said, “No written or telephonic information was sent by the Delhi Police to the local administration.”
Senior superintendent of police Harinarayan Singh also said though the state police are yet to receive any information from their Delhi counterparts, the district was put on alert after the media aired reports about Lashkar men scouting for recruits.
The state home department and local intelligence units also denied having knowledge about intelligence inputs alerting about the Lashkar presence.
The sharpest reaction to the fresh reports came from SP leader and urban development minister Mohammad Azam Khan. Addressing a rally in Rampur, he said it (media and police reports) had been orchestrated to justify “what Yuvaraj (Rahul Gandhi) had said in October”.
During an election rally in Madhya Pradesh, the AICC vice-president had said the ISI had been trying to recruit Muslim youths from relief camps in Muzaffarnagar. “We had realised that something would be cooked up to justify it the day Rahul Gandhi made the statement,” Khan said.
Prominent cleric and president Jamiat Ulema Hind (JuH) Maulana Arshad Madni accused both central and state governments of “propaganda” against the Muslim community. He said, “It is shocking that a community which suffered a lot is now being suspected of terrorism”.
Senior executive member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahli said instead of blaming intelligence agencies for their failure, the riot victims are being made as suspects.