Gujarat CM demands Ahmed Patel’s resignation for ‘recruiting terrorist’
Of the two ISIS sympathisers arrested by Gujarat ATS, one was learnt to be an employee of a hospital in Bharuch that Ahmed Patel was associated with.Updated: Oct 27, 2017 23:18 IST
Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad
Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani on Friday demanded the resignation of Congress Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel two days after one of the two alleged ISIS sympathisers arrested by the state ATS was learnt to be an employee of a hospital in Bharuch that Patel was associated with.
Patel denied the allegation and asked the Gujarat government not to politicise matters of national security for elections, the Asian News International quoted him as saying.
Mohmamad Kasis Stimberwala and Ubed Ahmed Mirza, reportedly a lawyer, were arrested on Wednesday and booked for criminal conspiracy, waging or attempt to wage war against the government of India and other charges.
Rupani demanded an explanation from the Congress and its vice-president Rahul Gandhi for recruiting a “terrorist”.
He also asked how Stimberwala resigned just two days before his arrest. “Or was asked to resign from Sardar Patel Hospital and Heart Institute?”
“Why was he recruited in the first place? Patel should answer these questions,” Rupani said.
He added that Patel was a trustee of the hospital, and after resigning in 2014, he invited then-president Pranab Mukherjee and shared the stage with him at a function.
The CM said the issue concerned national security and those arrested were planning to attack Hindu religious places and a Jewish synagogue.
First Published: Oct 27, 2017 23:16 IST