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BJP, Congress spar over whether DSP had link to Pulwama attack | India News


NEW DELHI: Congress on Tuesday demanded that the government probe whether Jammu and Kashmir police officer Davinder Singh had any role in last year’s Pulwama terror attack, suggesting a political nexus, prompting BJP to hit back demanding that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi explain who was behind the attack if not Pakistan.
Singh was posted in Pulwama and Congress’s allegations take into account his name figuring in claims regarding the 2001 Parliament attack and he was also in the frame during the recent visit of foreign envoys to J&K.
With Congress claiming a “larger conspiracy”, BJP asked it to explain if it had doubts on who was behind the Pulwama terror attack. “I want to ask Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi if they have any doubt about perpetrators of the Pulwama attack. If you believe Pakistan was not behind it, then you should tell us clearly as to who were involved,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said.
Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury sought to target RSS and said, “Had Davinder Singh by default been Davindar Khan, the reaction of troll regiment of RSS would have been more strident and vociferous. Enemies of our country ought to be condemned, irrespective of colour, creed, and religion.”
Patra accused Congress of linking religion to terror attacks to target Hindus and said the party had a history of doing so. Congress leaders had invented terms like “saffron terror” and “Hindu terror” and had linked RSS to the Mumbai terror attacks, he said.
Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said, “For how long has Davinder Singh been acting as a conduit for J&K terrorists? What is his connection, if at all, to the 2001 Parliament attack? What is his connection to the Pulwama attack where over 42 jawans lost their lives and where Singh was DSP?”
Congress dismissed the police claim that Singh was bringing two terrorists in his car to Delhi for Rs 12 lakh on January 11. “This story is preposterous. There is a larger conspiracy. At whose instance was Singh bringing terrorists to Delhi? Are there any people in echelons of power who are involved with him? Is there a larger conspiracy, is he only a small pawn or a carrier in the larger conspiracy?” Surjewala asked.
Rejecting the Congress charge, Patra said, “Congress is best at attacking India and defending and protecting Pakistan.” Pakistani PM Imran Khan and LeT chief Hafiz Saeed would soon be praising Congress for its statements, he said, recalling that Pakistan had used Rahul’s remarks in its plea in the UN on Article 370.

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