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Govt behind parliament, Mumbai attacks: Former Indian officer

Srinagar, July 14, 2013 (PPI-OT): An Indian home ministry former officer has disclosed that a member of the secret service team had accused incumbent governments of “orchestrating” the terror attack on Parliament and the Mumbai massacre.

Indian media reported that R V S Mani, who as home ministry under-secretary signed the affidavits submitted in court in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, has said that Satish Verma, until recently a part of the CBI-SIT probe team, told him that both the terror attacks were set up “with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legislation (sic)”.

Mani said that Verma “…narrated that the 13.12. 2001 (attack on Parliament) was followed by Pota (Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act) and 26/11 2008 (terrorists’ siege of Mumbai) was followed by amendment to the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act).”

Indian Central Bureau of Investigation in its probe into Ishrat Jahan case earlier this month has termed it a fake encounter. The CBI on July 3 held that 19-year-old Ishrat Jahan was killed in a “fake” encounter in 2004.

It charge sheeted seven police officers in the case, saying that it was a joint operation between Gujarat police and the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau.

Those against whom the charge sheet was filed for murder and criminal conspiracy are absconding Additional DGP, PP Pandey, suspended DIG, DG Vanzara, GL Singhal, Tarun Barot, NK Amin, JG Parmar and Anaju Chaudhary.

The CBI told the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, H S Khutwad, that their investigation has established offence against all seven police officers charge sheeted in the case.

The investigation is going on against four Intelligence Bureau officers, including its Special Director, Rajinder Kumar, and three other officers – P Mittal, M K Sinha and Rajiv Wankhede, it added.

Ishrat along with three other persons Javed Shaikh, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed by the Gujrat Police in the encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.

It may be recalled that Muhammad Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab have already been hanged in parliament and Mumbai attack cases respectively.

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