Congress targets Modi, distances itself from Shakeel Ahmed's remarks on Gujarat riots

New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Congress Party on Monday distanced itself from party General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed's remarks wherein he claimed that the 2002 Gujarat riots led to the formation of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM).

"I don't think this is the official party line," said Congress spokesperson Renuka Choudhary.

The Congress spokesperson, however, used the occasion to take potshots at the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in Gujarat.

"It is true that there were serious human rights violations against one community during 2002 riots and it had a social impact, but we can't say that it can be linked to terrorism," she said.

Launching a scathing attack on the BJP, Shakeel Ahmed yesterday claimed that it was the 2002 Gujarat riots that led to the formation of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen.

"Indian Mujahideen was formed after Gujarat riots, says NIA in its charge sheet. Even now BJP and RSS will not desist from their communal politics?" he tweeted, while referring to a chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) after the serial blasts took place at Bodh Gaya in Bihar earlier this month. (ANI)


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