Government rejects Antulay’’s conspiracy theory on Karkare killingDecember 23rd, 2008 - 3:47 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Dec 23 (ANI): The Government today rejected the conspiracy theory propounded by Union Minister A R Antulay over the killing of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare during the Mumbai terror attacks.
Making a statement in the Lok Sabha, Home Minister P Chidambaram said there is “no truth in the different versions that have been circulated about the movement of Karkare on that fateful day.”
“It is deeply regrettable that before his death questions were being raised about the genuineness of the investigations that were being conducted by Karkare in a terrorist case and after his death questions are being raised about the circumstances in which he was killed,” he added.
The Home Minister also gave details of sequence of events that led to the killing of Karkare and other two officers.
“There were at least three witnesses to the incident and based on the account by them the Mumbai police was able to reconstruct the sequence of the events,” he said.
“The three witnesses were Ajaml Amir Kasab who was captured after the incident and is now in the custody of the police, Arun Jadhav a police naik who was in the Quails vehicle when the incident occurred and Madhavrao Phad, the driver of the government vehicle provided for the use of the Principal Secretary Health of the Maharashtra government,” he added
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition L K Advani said in the lower house that Antulay’’s statement was unwarranted.
“The House is agitated by the statement made by Antulay and not due to the circumstances leading to the death of Karkare,” he added.
Congress party immediately distanced itself from the Antulay’’s remarks but on Saturday party General Secretary Digvijay Singh sought to justify Antulay’’s remark by saying, there was nothing wrong in the minister demanding an enquiry into the killing.
BJP has strongly condemned the comments made by both Antulay and Digvijay Singh, asking the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan to intervene in the matter and make a statement in parliament over the issue. (ANI)
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