No input of ISI contacting UP riot victims: Centre
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, in the run-up to Assembly elections, had claimed that an intelligence official had told him that ISI had tried to recruit disgruntled youth of the minority community after the riots.Updated: Feb 05, 2014, 16:15 IST
The Centre on Wednesday said it has no input suggesting that Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI had contacted victims of riots in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.
"As per the available information from intelligence agencies, there is no input to suggest Pakistan's ISI contacted the minority community youths whose families were affected during the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar," minister of state for home RPN Singh told Rajya Sabha.
Delhi Police in January had claimed that two suspected LeT operatives had met two people in Muzaffarnagar region.
However, the police denied that the two residents of Muzaffarnagar were riot victims or had anything to do with the violence there.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had claimed in October 2013 that an intelligence official had told him that ISI had tried to recruit disgruntled youth of the minority community after the riots.
His remarks were sharply criticised by both Muslim leaders and the BJP, which asked him to disclose the names of the youth who had been approached by the ISI. The Uttar Pradesh Police had also denied reports of any reconnaissance either by the terrorist groups or the ISI.