Is national security safe in the hands of UPA?

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New Delhi, Jan 2: Stating the massacre of eight CRPF Jawans at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh as 'terrorist killing' and not 'fidayeen attack', the BJP today ridiculed the Minister of State for Home Shriprakash Jaiswal, for claiming that there was confusion in the Ministry about the place when there was specific intelligence input warning of a terrorist attack the CRPF ammunition depot.

BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who visited the attack spot yesterday along with BJP President Rajnath Singh said one has to doubt if the national security is safe in the hands of the UPA government which could not take any follow up action even after a specific intelligence input. Three places having the same name Rampur exist in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh but there were no ammunition depots in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir and they should have stepped up security in Uttar Pradesh, Mr Naqvi a former MP from Rampur told newspersons adding that the attack would not have taken place but for the 'callous attitude' of the authorities.

He said while the terrorist attacks could not be ruled out, a dangerous trend had been set during the rule of the UPA where government seemed to send 'terrorist friendly signals' after every attack, be it Ayodhya, Varanasi, Lucknow, Delhi, Malegoan or Hyderabad where none of the perpetrators of the ghastly crime have been apprehended.

The attackers had chosen Muslim majority areas for their attack mainly to sully the nationalistic image of the followers of this religion, he alleged pointing to the Congress and Communists seeking electoral support putting the posters of Madani, the Coimbator blast accused in Kerala Assembly elections. The government was yet to act upon the mercy petition of Mohammad Afzal, the mastermind convict in the Parliament attack case.

Recalling the hurdles posed by the authorities in Rampur for BJP President Rajnath Singh for visiting the CRPF camp after pre-dawn attack, Mr Naqvi said first they prevented him and Mr Singh from getting off their helicopters claiming that there was an encounter taking place, when there was none.

''This government creates problems for nationalists but not terrorists,'' he said.

He said the BJP President chose to land his copter two km away and inspect personally the attack spot and visit the hospital to pay homage to the families of Jawans who had lost their lives.

Alerts were issued regarding the flow of terrorist tainted money ploughed into stock and real estate markets and it would only be proper for the government to bring out a white paper on all questionable investments, Mr Naqvi said questioning further ''Is our system alert to the dangers posed by the infiltrators in the physical form or through monetary form.'' Earlier, addressing the BJP Investors Forum, Mr Naqvi said ''The party would deliberate the issue at the next meeting of National Executive and National Council meeting in the capital scheduled in the last week of January. We have to assess if this government is capable of protecting the commonman from the cross border terror.''

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