Rahul Gandhi questions govt. on Pulwama attack anniversary

 thehindu.com  02/14/2020 06:39:45  2

A year after the Pulwama attack, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday questioned the Union government on accountability for the security lapse and the findings of the inquiry that was meant to prove the attack.

While paying homage to the jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) killed in last years deadly attack, Mr. Gandhi also asked who gained from it.

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Today as we remember our 40 CRPF martyrs in the #PulwamaAttack , let us ask: 1. Who benefitted the most from the attack? 2. What is the outcome of the inquiry into the attack? 3. Who in the BJP Govt has yet been held accountable for the security lapses that allowed the attack?asked Mr. Gandhi on Twitter.

In a fresh attack, apart from the security lapse, Congress communication chief Randeep Surjewala also asked about the role of Davinder Singh, a Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir police who was recently arrested for his militant links.

Mr. Surjewala tweeted: Entire Nation pays homage to martyrs of #Pulwama ! Questions remain-:

1. Why is the report of Pulwama attack not being made public?

2. Who is accountable?

3. Who brought the 350 Kgs IED?

4. Why were intelligence reports of attack ignored?

5. Did Devinder Singh have any role?

Last year, when the attack happened, both former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mr. Gandhi stood behind the Narendra Modi government. At a joint press conference in the Congress headquarters, when a question about a possible security lapse was asked, Mr. Gandhi countered that it was the inappropriate time for such questions.

Mr. Surjewala, who had held a press conference almost immediately after the attack to raise the issue of intelligence failure of an impending attack, was also asked to tone down his criticism as the party had resorted to a self-imposed 10-day gag on targeting the government.

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