‘BJP’s attack linked to quick probe in Hindu terror cases’
Linking the BJP's shrill campaign against some central ministers to the quick probe in Hindu terror cases, home minister P Chidambaram on Monday said the BJP was targeting selective ministers because the Congress-led coalition had expedited investigations into cases involving right-wing extremist groups.delhi Updated: Jul 25, 2011 23:47 IST
Linking the BJP's shrill campaign against some central ministers to the quick probe in Hindu terror cases, home minister P Chidambaram on Monday said the BJP was targeting selective ministers because the Congress-led coalition had expedited investigations into cases involving right-wing extremist groups.
It was only after Chidambaram took charge as home minister after the 26/11 attacks that investigative agencies widened their probe beyond Islamic fundamental groups. Earlier this year, he decided to give these cases to the National Investigation Agency to improve the quality of probe and prosecution.
The home minister said there were nine documented cases involving Hindu extremist groups making bombs and killing people. These include the blasts at Malegaon in Maharashtra (September 2006), Mecca Masjid in Andhra Pradesh (May 2007) and Ajmer Sharief in Rajasthan (October 2007).
Chidambaram, who is frequently targeted by the BJP linking him to the 2G scam, said the BJP was targeting selected ministers for reasons other than the spectrum allocation. "I think they know that there is no connection to the so called scam in 2G." he told PTI on Monday.
"I think the reason is that they think this government is seriously pursuing the bomb blast cases where right-wing fundamentalists are involved. Clearly many of those right wing fundamentalists are linked to the RSS," the home minister said.
He added that the BJP's attack could also be due to the fact that the government has persuaded the court to hear two Ayodhya cases on a more or less day-to-day basis.
He said the objective of fundamentalist groups was to clearly create terror and the government has to deal with that. On Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh's description of right-wing forces as bomb-making factories. "I don't know whether there are bomb-making factories. I know that they make bombs and these bombs have exploded."
First Published: Jul 25, 2011 23:45 IST