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BJP slams government, says they are going soft on terror

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of serial blasts in Bodh Gaya, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday  charged  that the government is not only soft on terror but has also interfered with the working of bodies like CBI and IB which are dealing with such issues. ‘We condemn the attack in Bodh Gaya. The NIA is going to probe the matter. Indian Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for it as per newspaper reports.... Increasingly the impression is going around that we are soft on terror,’ said BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad .

Referring to the Ishrat Jahan encounter case and the reported differences between IB and CBI on it, Prasad alleged the government has created a tussle between the two agencies.

The party also charged that CBI has filed a convoluted charge sheet in the encounter case. Prasad wanted to know why the terrorist angle has been ignored by CBI in the charge sheet and demanded all angles should be looked into in the case.

BJP said there are revelations that Muzammil, the alleged handler of Ishrat Jahan, referred to Gujarat CM Narendra Modi as Machli 5 and is heard in one of the call intercepts as saying that he should be the first target. ‘The whole conduct of CBI is very well known. In the railway cash-for-post case, the uncle (former minister P K Bansal) has been made the prime witness when his nephew (Vijay Singla) is an accused,’ said Prasad.

The party also  sought to know why the government had suppressed information about Chinese incursions into Ladakh in mid-June and said the Manmohan Singh dispensation should clarify if it is reassessing the situation. ‘There are reports that there was a Chinese incursion again on 17 June in Chumar sector. Why was this incident not conveyed to the people earlier? Why was it suppressed?’ said Prasad.

BJP was alluding to recent developments in Sino-Indo relations including a top Chinese general's warning on the eve of Defence Minister A K Antony's recent visit to China and whether this had led the Indian govt to remain mum on the 17 June incursions.
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