ISIS link row: Ahmed Patel writes to Rajnath Singh, seeks ‘impartial and objective’ probe : India, News
Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political advisor Ahmed Patel immediately shot off a letter to Union Dwelling Minister Rajnath Singh searching for probe into alleged ISIS hyperlink row.
His demand for an “neutral and goal” probe has come within the wake of BJP’s allegation that the ISIS suspects arrested by the Gujarat ATS had hyperlinks with the hospital run by Ahmed Patel’s belief.
Ahmed Patel is within the eye of a political storm after Gujarat ATS arrested two suspected Islamic State operatives from Surat for allegedly planning terror assaults.
One of many arrested ISIS suspects, Kasim Stimberwala labored as a laboratory technician at Sardar Patel Hospital in Ankleshwar city of Bharuch district with which Patel had been related as a trustee.
AHMED PATEL TAKES ON BJP
In his letter, Ahmed Patel has termed the arrests of ISIS suspects as “grave problem to the effectively being and safety of the state” whereas demanding that such “incidents of radicalization of native inhabitants” must be “investigated with utmost gravity by competent regulation enforcement businesses.”
“Issues of nationwide safety can’t be a prisoner of politics and neither must be lowered to baselessly maligning political opponents for petty electoral good points,” Patel mentioned.
The Rajya Sabha MP from the state additionally accused the Gujarat authorities of doing politics on the eve of Meeting election. “… the ruling social gathering in Gujarat is vitiating a critical ongoing investigation simply forward of elections by making wild and unsubstantiated allegations,” Patel mentioned.
Taking potshot on the BJP leaders for accusing him of sheltering ISIS suspects, Ahmed Patel mentioned, “Framing expenses have to be executed by regulation enforcement businesses and the judiciary and never by political leaders in press conferences from social gathering headquarters.”
With out naming the company for probe, Ahmed Patel mentioned, “These responsible, irrespective of religion or any affiliation have to be delivered to justice.”
BJP VS CONGRESS OVER AHMED PATEL
The BJP yesterday accused Ahmed Patel of getting “deep relations” with a Gujarat hospital the place an alleged ISIS operative labored earlier than his arrest. “Patel has deep relations with the hospital since 1979. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi owe an evidence to the folks (on this subject),” Union minister and senior BJP chief Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi advised reporters in New Delhi.
A day in the past, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had sought the resignation of Patel from the Rajya Sabha. “This can be a critical subject, as a terrorist was arrested from a hospital which is being run by Ahmed Patel,” Vijay Rupani mentioned at a press convention, including, “Patel, Rahul Gandhi and the Congress should come clear on the problem. We additionally need Patel to resign as Rajya Sabha MP.”
Alternatively, the Congress defended Ahmed Patel dubbing the demand for his resignation from the Rajya Sabha as “outrageous”. Senior social gathering chief P Chidambaram, who was in Rajkot two days in the past, mentioned, “I’m amazed by this type of outrageous demand. Ahmed Patel was a trustee of the hospital and had resigned in 2015.”
“This one who was arrested appears to have joined the hospital as a technician final yr and had resigned a few days previous to his arrest,” Chidambaram mentioned, including, “Now, if someone who has joined within the final one yr as a technician has ISIS join, then how a trustee of three years in the past is accountable.”
Patel had rejected the cost as “fully baseless”, and urged the BJP to not politicise issues pertaining to nationwide safety and divide the peace-loving Gujaratis.
(With PTI inputs)