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Rahul Gandhi's Questions on Pulwama Attack: Who Benefited Most, Who Has Been Held Accountable?

He also asked what the outcome of the inquiry into the attack had shown.

New Delhi: Exactly one year after 40 Central Reserve Police Force jawans were killed in a terror attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has said three questions need to be asked.

While remembering those who were killed, Gandhi asked who benefitted the most from the attack and what the outcome of the inquiry into it is. He also asked who in the Bharatiya Janata Party government had been held accountable for the security lapses that allowed the attack.

On February 14 last year,  Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber, Adeel Ahmed Dar, drove an explosive-laden car into a CRPF convoy. The internal CRPF investigation reportedly showed that there was a “massive intelligence failure” before the attack – including the unusually long convoy, which made it an easy target.

The CRPF inquiry said that though intelligence agencies had alerted the force about a general improvised explosive device threat, it did not have any “input” regarding a “threat from a car-borne suicide bomber”.

The Union home ministry, however, has rejected the claim that there was any intelligence failure. “All agencies are working in a coordinated manner and the intelligence inputs are shared among various agencies on real time basis. The investigation by NIA into the Pulwama terror attack so far has resulted in identifying the perpetrators,” minister of state for home G. Kishan Reddy had said.

Gandhi isn’t the only politician to be worried about holding the authorities accountable for the deaths. CPI(M) leader Mohammed Salim, for instance, said that instead of focusing on building a memorial for those who were killed, the government should be finding out how the attack could occur in the first place.

You Congress leader Srivatsa Y.B. too raised some questions for the government.

Special CRPF DG, J&K Zone Zulfiquar Hasan has said that the National Investigation Agency is looking into the matter and the probe is going “in the right direction”. He also said that the “conspirators” had been “neutralised”.

Later in the day, BJP spokespersons responded to Gandhi by calling him a “known sympathiser” of terror groups LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammed. The party gave no evidence to support its allegations.

Note: This article was updated with the BJP’s response to Gandhi.