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BJP members raise Ishrat Jahan issue in House panel,back IB officer

BJP leaders alleged Ishrat was a terrorist as her name had figured in the website of LeT.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: July 3, 2013 3:34:47 am

The controversy brewing over the role of Intelligence Bureau officer Rajinder Kumar in Ishrat Jahan fake encounter killing case in Gujarat figured in a parliamentary committee meeting here on Tuesday.

Addressing a meeting of the Consultative Committee for Home Ministry,BJP leaders Vinay Katiyar and Yogi Aditya Nath said targeting the IB special director was fraught with danger of lowering the morale of sleuths who worked relentlessly to keep anti-national elements at bay.

The BJP leaders alleged Ishrat was a terrorist as her name had figured in the website of LeT and she was accompanying two known Pakistani terrorists when the encounter took place,an official who attended the meeting,said.

They said CBI’s reported move to arrest and prosecute Kumar would only hamper the fight against terrorists.

“Ishrat was a known terrorist. She went to Faizabad and was a member of LeT. The way the IB officer is being hounded,it will only hamper our fight against terrorists as tomorrow no intelligence officer will share information,” Katiyar told PTI.

Several other members of the Committee alleged human rights activists were derailing the efforts to tackle terrorism.

Nath,Katiyar and Samajwadi Party member Ram Gopal Yadav and others said human rights activists were often raking up issues concerning terror acts and terrorists compromising the country’s security.

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