Chief visits the Temple on Friday. Below a Hindu Sadhoo
BJP as Clueless Indian Agencies Try to Identify Ayodhya Attackers
DELHI, July 10: Intelligence agencies of Uttar Pradesh are blaming
a Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) militant for the recent Ayodhya attack
who had already been killed three years back, as confusion grows
about the deadly act and Opposition BJP faces an increasing rift
among its top leadership on who to blame.
fact is that Indian investigative agencies are still groping in
dark and without any clues. Special agents of a sensitive agency
were summoned in Delhi to discuss the matter and to take appropriate
security measures. But all of them were unable to guess who masterminded
the attack, despite the assertion of the UP Police that the LeT
was behind it. The LeT has not taken claimed responsibility, yet.
the meeting a top security official told the South Asia Tribune:
“Though the UP Police and other security agencies
are naming Lashkar-e-Tayyaba for the attacks, we do not have any
concrete evidence. The whole matter seems to be suspicious.”
The Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was quoted as saying
in Scotland that Pakistan was not behind the attack.
the BJP which is facing a makeover dilemma, has launched a nationwide
agitation to capitalize on the attack. Some dubious sadhoos
of the Hanuman Garhi (temple of Hanuman) and right wing leaders
have once again got an opportunity to disrupt communal harmony.
Others are trying to use the issue to remove LK Advani from the
top. Advani has refused to blame Pakistan while many including
Murli Manohar Joshi on Friday squarely held the ISI responsible
for the incident.
attack was daring as six heavily armed alleged militants barged
into the premises of the makeshift temple erected on the site
of demolished Babri mosque that falls within the high security
zone on Tuesday. The security personnel killed five of them before
they could strike at the sanctum sanctorum. One militant blew
himself up, as he would have possibly been a human bomb.
personnel of the para-military force Central Reserve Police Force
and two civilians, including a woman, were injured in the attack
that took place around 8.15 am Tuesday morning.
stunned everyone and a meeting of top special agents of a sensitive
agency was summoned in Delhi to discuss the matter and to take
appropriate security measures. It continued till the midnight
of Tuesday. After the meeting a top security official told the
South Asia Tribune, they have no concrete evidence. The
whole matter seems to be suspicious.”
asked about the meaning and reason of suspicion, the official
frankly said: “We always discuss all the aspects of any
particular incident. This is a part of our job. We had discussed
the Akshar Dham temple attack. We had also discussed the Gujarat
militant firing incident in which a woman from Bombay was killed.
Our findings of these cases were different, but we submitted the
report according to the directions of the Central government.”
asked to elaborate on the latest incident of Ayodhya, the official
said: “Firstly, there is Three-Column Security near the
makeshift Ram temple and the idols are kept within the Red Corridor
Security. Nobody can reach there so easily.”
there are about 20 battalions and a posse of the UP Police commandos
stationed at the site. The whole area is barricaded and whosoever
visits the temple, he has to go through a thorough checking.”
those militants had passed through two Columns of security, and
with all those heavy arms, including rocket launchers that cannot
be concealed. They were intercepted when they tried to barge into
the premises of the makeshift temple, it means the Red Corridor
they were fidayeen attackers. Fidayeen attackers cannot
be eliminated so easily. They kill before being killed. But we
suffered no loss of men and material despite fierce and indiscriminate
firing. Some security personnel have only been wounded. Compare
this with the fidayeen attack on the Parliament. Eight
or nine people were killed by the terrorists.”
our experience tells us that the terrorist groups of Kashmir have
always taken responsibility of such incidents in the past. Hizbul
has condemned the attack. Now there are two main outfits Lashkar
and Jaish. They are silent.”
a huge amount of currency was also seized from the site. The question
is if these fidayeen attackers were going to commit suicide
why they were in possession of money?”
asked about the conclusion of the discussion, and could the incident
be termed as a fake encounter, the official said: “How can
I say that, but kahani mein pech hai (there is a twist
in the story). It may be or may not be so. But I must say that
governments often resort to such practices. This matter will also
be hushed up like the incident of Gujarat where Police had killed
militants last year.”
this incident has given an opportunity to the BJP to makeover.
Mulayam Singh has also got an opportunity to consolidate his Muslim
votes, as he would be strengthened by the agitation of the BJP,”
On the other hand, the intelligence agencies of Uttar Pradesh
have lost their intelligence in this particular case. They are
blaming one Manzoor Dar as the mastermind of the attack, and have
branded him as the ‘UP Chief’ of the LeT.
Superintendent of Police (Faizabad) Avinash Chandra has already
put the blame on the LeT whereas the Center is still not sure
about it. Chandra has also reportedly told an Ayodhya-based reporter
of a Hindi daily that Manzoor Dar might be the mastermind behind
the attack but investigation is going on.
fact, the Manzoor Dar he was referring to was eliminated by the
security forces on March 14, 2003 in Noida, a satellite town of
Delhi. He was killed by the Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh.
At that time the UP Police presented him as ‘Area Commander’
of Jaish-e-Muhammed from Baramullah. He was killed in an ambush
while he was traveling from Delhi.
If he was Manzoor Dar of Jaish-e-Muhammed,
then who is this new Manzoor Dar? And where he has come from?
When this correspondent tried to contact the SSP, Faizabad on
telephone after his statement, he declined to come on the line.
the situation of the communal harmony, especially in Faizabad
and Ayodhya is on stake as some sadhoos of the Hanuman
temple at Ayodhya have openly begun to condemn Muslims for the
Ramdas and Baba Raghodas, the sadhoos of the Hanuman
temple have reportedly alerted their supporters in Ayodhya that
could create problems of law and order in the town.
two sadhoos are allegedly involved in murder, rape, kidnapping,
extortion, etc. Sources say that several cases are pending against
them in the Session and District Court of Faizabad, as well as
the High Court, Lucknow Bench.
are at present on bail. Since the Ram Temple Movement has begun,
the two sadhoos have become supporters of the Vishwa
Hindu Parishad and BJP. Now the right wing leaders could take
their help to disrupt communal harmony in Faizabad and Ayodhya
and neighboring cities, such as Sultanpur, Gonda, Basti, etc.
BJP has already given a call for a total strike in the four States
of Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Orissa (where its
coalition partner is in power) and of course Uttar Pradesh where
Ayodhya is situated. Gujarat has been kept out of the strike due
to the flood situation. Besides, all the right wing leaders are
planning to visit the site that could worsen the law and order
situation in the State and elsewhere. BJP chief LK Advani was
there on Friday.