While continuing with his claim that the Bharatiya Janata Party has been igniting communal fires across the country, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday revealed that 10 to 15 Muslim boys, who lost their families in the recent riots in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, are being contacted by Pakistani intelligence agencies.
“Day before yesterday, a police officer came to my office. He told me that in Muzaffarnagar there are 10 to 15 Muslim boys, who have lost their brothers and sisters in the riots. He told me that people from the Pakistan intelligence agencies are starting to talk to surviving victims of Muzaffarnagar. The police officer told me that he is trying to dissuade the youth,” Gandhi said.
Targetting the BJP, the Congress number two alleged that the opposition party is solely interested in gathering votes, while it is left to the ruling party to cool down the anger that survives in the aftermath of communal violence.
“They ignited the fire. Who does the work of dousing the flames of such communal riots? Wherever they go, they ignite the fire. They don’t see the harm they are doing to the nation, they are only concerned with winning elections. It is their plan. It is the Congress who does the work of dousing the flames,” Gandhi said.
Violence broke out in the Kawal area of Muzaffarnagar on August 27, when members of a community returning from a panchayat meeting in Naglabadhod, three kilometres from Kawal, clashed with members of another community.