After Modi,Advani says can’t rule out local hand in Mumbai attacks

Echoing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi,the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani today said a “local angle...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 18, 2009 1:37:07 am

Echoing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi,the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani today said a “local angle” to the Mumbai attacks “could not be ruled out”,and demanded a “thorough” judicial inquiry covering “this aspect of the conspiracy as well”.

“Is it true that one Fahim Ansari,said to be a Goregaon resident,was arrested in connection with this attack in November 2008? It is believed that he said during his interrogation that such an attack was being planned,and that his associates had even done a recce of the areas. One of his associates,Sabahuddin Ahmed,was arrested in April 2008. It is apparent that their preparations for the attack were on for a year. It is impossible that they could have carried out such a big operation without any local support,” Advani said in Parliament.

At a recent BJP conclave in Nagpur,Modi had said: “Attacks like 26/11 couldn’t have happened without local support… The UPA government is quiet on this aspect because of vote-bank politics.”

The Congress reacted sharply. “Neither Modi nor Advani has provided concrete evidence even once to support their argument. They want to divide India and weaken the united fight against terror,post 26/11.”

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