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Mistry: I suspect Modi knew about Akshardham attack beforehand

Mistry alleged, the police “had information” about the Ahmedabad blasts.

New Delhi | January 31, 2014 12:27:07 am

Days after Rahul Gandhi accused the Narendra Modi government of “abetting and pushing the riots” of 2002, Congress general secretary Madhusudan Mistry has said that he suspected the Gujarat chief minister knew in advance about the 2002 Akshardham terror attack and the July 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts.

“The people [attackers] had come either to kill him [Modi] or to kill Advani or to kill someone else and they [the police] had instant information that they [attackers] were from Lashkar-e-Toiba or they were some other outfit and like (in the case of) Akshardham (attack) when it took place immediately it had come from the then home minister that it was this outfit from northern state which has come here and they attacked the Akshardham,” Mistry said at the Idea Exchange programme at The Indian Express on Thursday.

“I still have a doubt. The truth about Akshardham will never come out,” he said.

The Akshardham attack, Mistry said, took place “just a hundred yards from the chief minister’s residence”, and the police, which could detect people “who are about to come to kill him and before they attack(ed) they were killed… could not detect these people who had come all the way from Mumbai to attack Akshardham”.

Similarly, Mistry alleged, the police “had information” about the Ahmedabad blasts. Asked if he was suggesting that Modi had a role in the attacks, he said, “I suspect [it]. He must be knowing it.”

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