The presence of local people in terror outfits stands clearly exposed after the arrest of 26/11 accused Abu Jundal, who hails from the Marathwada region, said leader of the opposition in the legislative council Vinod Tawde on Wednesday, the last day of the monsoon session.
Speaking on the last week’s proposal, Tawde recalled how immediately post-26/11 attacks, the then Mumbai police commissioner Hassan Gafoor had said that alongside Pakistanis local people too were involved in the attack. “And Jundal’s arrest clearly establishes the local hand,” stated Tawde, adding that, “The terror network has reached Marathwada and western Vidarbha, which have become terrorist hubs.”
Claiming that terror had reached Mantralaya, a reference to Abu Jundal’s brief stay at the official residence of minister of state Fauzia Khan in 2009, the BJP leader said Jundal’s arrest was just a tip of the iceberg. “I am not saying Khan has links with Jundal, but clearly someone from her department does,” he added.
Further, the opposition leader said senior journalist J Dey was murdered as he was on the verge of exposing information on match-fixing in IPL. “The government to probe if it was gangster Chhota Rajan or India’s most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim who was behind the crime,” said Tawde.
Demanding to know the truth, he claimed that journalist Jigna Vora, currently in custody in the murder case, had been arrested without strong evidence. “All Vora said to Dey was ‘you consider yourself very smart’, not reason enough to kill him,” said Tawde. Also, the police, which had claimed having information about 36 calls made by Vora, had records of only three, he added.
Referring to the escape of Vijay Palande, accused in three murder cases, from police custody, the BJP leader said the government must reveal which police offices recommended Palande’s release on parole.