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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 1:24 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 1:24 AM (IST)MECCA CASE

People losing faith in NIA: Cong

Says never used term ‘saffron terror’

New Delhi, April 16

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today raised questions on the functioning of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) after a court acquitted right-wing activist Swami Aseemanand and four others in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case investigated by the central agency.

“It (acquittal) is happening in each case since the government was formed four years ago...people are losing faith in the agencies,” he told news channels. A special anti-terror court today acquitted the five men in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, ruling that the prosecution failed to prove charges against them.

On a three-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi and to the neighbouring Rae Bareli, Congress president Rahul Gandhi refused to take the question on the Hyderabad court verdict. At a programme, when asked by a reporter to comment on the verdict, Rahul ignored the poser and told his driver to move ahead.

The party, however, said neither its president Rahul Gandhi nor any other party functionary ever used the term “saffron terror” and that its adversaries were levelling baseless allegations in this regard. “Show me a video or a sound clip where Rahul Gandhi or any other Congress functionary is seen using the term ‘Bhagva aatankwad’ (saffron terror). There is no such thing as saffron terror,” Congress spokesman PL Punia said.— Agencies

Then who did it, asks CPI 

  • The CPI on Monday strongly criticised the anti-terror probe agency, National Investigation Agency, for not being able to provide “credible evidence” and its “failure” to establish the truth behind the blast
  • “The NIA court has acquitted all the accused for lack of credible evidence. But who are the people who did it? Who are the forces behind the blast? That should be found out,” CPI leader D Raja said
Justice hasn’t been done: Owaisi

Justice hasn’t been done in the case… the NIA and the Modi government didn’t even appeal against the bail that was given to the accused within 90 days. This was a completely biased investigation which will weaken our resolve to fight terrorism. — Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM president 


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