Modi Govt not cooperating with ATS: Cong

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New Delhi, Nov 10 (UNI) The Congress today charged the Narendra Modi Government with putting obstacles in the path of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) probing the Malegoan blast case, and asked it to cooperate in the investigations.

''Mr Modi is a constitutionally elected Chief Minister of Gujarat and he should cooperate in such a serious matter as terrorism,'' Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan told reporters.

''The cooperation is needed, especially from a party which shouts from the rooftops of fighting terrorism,'' she said.

She said the Centre and the State governments had been taking all steps to find and punish the perpetrators and ensure that further terror attacks were prevented.

However, she added, there were disturbing reports that the Modi Government and the State police, acting at the behest of the Chief Minister, were preventing the Maharashtra's ATS from picking up certain people supposed to be close to Asim Anand and Sunil Dhawde, believed to be suspects required for interrogation in connection with the Malegaon blasts.

''While other State governments are cooperating fully with the ATS, it is absolutely shocking and condemnable that the Modi Government should be uncooperative and actually put obstacles in the path of the ATS.'' This, she said, clearly exposed the double standards and hypocrisy of the BJP, and also showed the total lack of commitment of the party, especially Mr Modi, in fighting terror.

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