The Bharatiya Janata Party has criticised the Akhilesh Yadav governments decision of withdrawing a case lodged against alleged HuJI operative Tariq Qasmi in connection with serial blasts in Gorakhpur in 2007.
BJPs reaction came after The Indian Express carried a story on Wednesday that the UP government had sent instructions to the District Magistrate of Gorakhpur to file an application in court for withdrawal of the case in which Qasmi faces charges under the Explosive Act,7 Criminal Law Amendment Act,and attempt to murder.
In a statement,BJP spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the UP governments decision to withdraw the case will promote terrorism. Pathak said that the Samajwadi Party government had openly come forward in support of terrorists. With its decision to withdraw the case,the UP government has given a certificate of innocence to the accused while the matter is pending in the court, Pathak said.
Pathak said that terrorism has no religion or community but Akhilesh government was seeing terrorists as its vote bank.