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.
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? pic.twitter.com/KZLbdOkLK5
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 14, 2020
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.
We dont need a memorial to remind us of our incompetence. The only thing we need to know is how 80kg of RDX got past the international borders to the ‘most militarised zone on earth’ & exploded in #Pulwama.
— Md Salim (@salimdotcomrade) February 14, 2020
You Congress leader Srivatsa Y.B. too raised some questions for the government.
Why is it wrong to ask for accountability in the #PulwamaAttack?
– Why hasn’t NIA filed a chargesheet?
– Why hasn’t source of explosives been found?
– Who arranged the car for the suicide bomber?
– What about the financial trail?
Media refuses to ask.
Govt refuses to answer.
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) February 14, 2020
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”.
Zulfiquar Hasan, Special CRPF DG J&K Zone, in Pulwama: Investigation is being done by the National Investigation Agency. It is proceeding in the right direction. As far as I know, they have made huge progress. We’ve tried our best to take care of martyrs’ families. #PulwamaAttack https://t.co/XXhstivAKl
— ANI (@ANI) February 14, 2020
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.
When nation is paying homage to martyrs of dastardly Pulwama attack, @RahulGandhi, a known sympathizer of LeT & Jaish-e-Mohammad, chooses to target not just the government but security forces as well. Rahul will never question real culprit Pakistan.
Shame on you Rahul! @INCIndia https://t.co/5M7dcWcxXU
— GVL Narasimha Rao (@GVLNRAO) February 14, 2020
Today when the whole nation is once again feeling the sadness tht engulfed our hearts last year due to #PulwamaTerrorAttack , Rahul Gandhi has made an insensitive comment that insults the #Pulwamamartyrs .Congress stoops to new lows everytime in their greed for political benefits
— Syed Shahnawaz Hussain (@ShahnawazBJP) February 14, 2020
Note: This article was updated with the BJP’s response to Gandhi.