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Delhi behind parliament attack, 26/11: ex-officer

15 July, 2013

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NEW DELHI: An Indian Home Ministry former officer has disclosed that a member of the Indian secret service team had accused incumbent governments of "orchestrating" the terrorist attack on parliament and the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai.

According to the Indian media, RVS Mani, who as Home Ministry under secretary signed the affidavits submitted in court in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, has said that Satish Verma, until recently part of the CBI-SIT probe team, told him that both the terrorist attacks were set up "with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legislation".

Mani has said that Verma "narrated that the 13.12. 2001 (attack on parliament) was followed by Pota (Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act) and 26/11 2008 (terrorists' siege of Mumbai) was followed by amendment to the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act)".

The official alleged that Verma levelled the damaging charge while debunking IB's inputs labelling the three killed with Ishrat in the June 2004 encounter as Lashkar terrorists.

Speaking to Times of India, Verma refused to comment. "I don't know what the complaint is, made when and to whom. Nor am I interested in knowing. I cannot speak to the media on such matters. Ask the CBI," said the Indian police officer who after being relieved from the SIT is working as principal of the Junagadh Police Training College. Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab have already been hanged in parliament and 26/11 cases, respectively.

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