Heated exchanges in Rajya Sabha over Samjhauta blast case

Referring to a video of a purported narco-test related to the train blast, being shown on a TV channel, BJP’s Shiv Pratap Shukla alleged that there was Pakistani involvement in the blast. He said the terror attack on the train was carried out by Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba and SIMI.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2017 1:20 am
Subramanian Swamy, Samjhauta Express blast, pakistan, Lashkar-e-Toiba, SIMI, Digvijaya Singh, rajya sabha BJP member Subramanian Swamy (PTI Photo/File)

The Rajya Sabha on Thursday witnessed heated exchanges between the treasury benches and Congress members as three BJP lawmakers, including Subramanian Swamy, raised the Samjhauta Express train blast case of 2005.

Referring to a video of a purported narco-test related to the train blast, being shown on a TV channel, BJP’s Shiv Pratap Shukla alleged that there was Pakistani involvement in the blast. He said the terror attack on the train, which plies between New Delhi and Lahore in Pakistan, was carried out by Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba and SIMI.

The BJP member added that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the then UPA government, however, coined the term “Hindu terrorism”. Insisting that Hindus cannot be terrorists, Shukla said the then UPA government had “betrayed” the country.

Joining the issue, Swamy said the House had the right to know whether it is a “fact that there is a video” and demanded an answer from the government. As he tried to make his point, the Congress’s Digvijaya Singh said it was an effort to save the accused in the blast. This led to heated verbal exchanges between members of the two sides. BJP member La Ganesan demanded that Congress openly tender an apology for coining “Hindu terrorism”. While he was speaking, Digvijaya Singh again tried to make his point. To this, Ganesan said: “Why are you bothered? … I am talking about SIMI”.

Singh alleged that there was “collusion” between the government and the TV channel, which played the video, and said the Home Ministry should authenticate the points raised by BJP members. To this, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said he would go through the record and if something has been quoted, it should be authenticated.

Pointing to rules, Congress’ Anand Sharma said matters which are pending judicial decisions should not be raised in the House. However, Kurien said it is not possible for the Rajya Sabha office to find if a matter is sub-judice or not.

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    Ishwak
    Aug 8, 2017 at 12:18 pm
    I hope these hon'ble MPs know about Swamy Aseemanand who himself filed Pe ion admitting to the involvement of Hindutva groups in the Mecca Masjid Blast and the Malegaon blast. For more info. a Times of India News Item is reproduced below : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a youth wing leader from the saffron party in connection with the murder of former RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi. This is the first arrest of a BJP leader in connection with Hindutva terror cases. NIA arrested Jitendra Sharma, vice-president of Indore rural unit of BJP's youth wing Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha from Mhow for facilitating Joshi's killing. TOI had first reported on the probable arrest of Jitendra Sharma in February. Mastermind of several blasts, including those in Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Malegaon targeting minorities, Joshi was killed by his own associates for his alleged misbehaviour with Pragya Singh Thakur another accused in the above cases.
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      sagar
      Jul 30, 2017 at 1:53 am
      hardcore terrorist face is not suitable face to be on television daily we have children at home, we do not want our children to know about any terrorist, do not know why we have such telecast on tv, as Indian we should not propagate dirty news which are totally not even for adults
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        sagar
        Jul 30, 2017 at 1:50 am
        we do not like to see a hardcore terroist face on tv channel, who is allowing the telecast and how the channel makes a video God knows, such interrogation is done by agencies, it is bad to see or trust any terrorist at all, those who believe terrorists are just inhumn, delete faces of terrorists from tv channels. is the terroist a face to believe as God's voice and that too from terror world, why glorify?
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          Karthik
          Jul 28, 2017 at 6:46 pm
          Swamy is a routine rabble rouser who is known for his innuendoes in mixing some/few facts in a much larger fiction airing many nicely concocted stories/tales ably assisted by his party who use him like a trial baloon,diversionary,political hedger. Not all he says is true as well as false. He is a clever sophisticated bogeyman. About Digvijaya singh of INC the less said the better. Both these gentleman are timepass for Cong-BJP jugalbandhi. Several core burning real issues like farmers crop insurance failure,no whitepaper on demonetisation or NPAs in PSUs,jobless growth are all getting pushed to backburner ...sad state.
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            Kamal Pasha
            Jul 28, 2017 at 12:27 pm
            Every sane person knows that Sumjahuta blast was the mstermind of RAW of India to discredit Pakistan.
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