Amit Shah sparks row as he terms Azamgarh as 'terrorist haven'

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Shah terms Azamgarh as 'terrorist haven'
New Delhi, May 5: BJP leader Amit Shah on Sunday hit out at the ruling Samajwadi Party in UP saying that 'Azamgarh is a terrorist base.'

Speaking in Azamgarh, Shah said that SP government had allowed the town to be a haven for terrorists. "Terrorists have made Azamgarh their base and they launch attacks on other parts of the country.

You should overthrow the Akhilesh Yadav government that advocates the release of terrorists," he said.

Meanwhile, Congress slammed Shah's statements and urged the Election Commission to take notice of the incident. Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Monday demanded EC to take action against Shah for his comments.

SP leader Abu Azmi too hit back at Shah for his statements saying that allegations made by Shah were false.

However this is not the first time that Azamgarh has been linked to terrorist activities in the country.

In 2013, when serial blasts rocked Hyderabad, the Andhra Pradesh Police had said that the blast accused Asadullah Akhtar hailed from Azamgarh. According to an article by indiatoday (read here), Asadullah was involved in terrorist attacks, including the Mumbai serial blasts in 2011.

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