Indian officer claims govt behind parliament, 26/11 attacks

A former official of the Indian Home Ministry on Sunday disclosed that a member of the secret service team had accused incumbent governments of “orchestrating” the terror attack on Indian Parliament and the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai. The former Indian investigator Satish Verma has said India itself was behind attacks on Parliament in Delhi and Mumbai.

 According to Indian media‚ the fake encounter case involving a senior officer Under-Secretary of Interior Ministry Ishrat Jahan has submitted an affidavit in the court stating that a member of CBI and SIC investigation team Satish Verma told him that in the terrorists attacks on Parliament in Delhi and Mumbai terror attacks were pre-planned. 

A key government official, RVS Mani said Satish Verma, until recently a part of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe team, told him that both the terror attacks were set up “with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legislation”. Mani has said that Verma narrated that the December 13, 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 has 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. Contacted by 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 Gujarat cadre IPS officer who after being relieved from the SIT is working as principal of the JunagadhPoliceTrainingCollege. India had accused Pakistan of involvement in both the attacks and started a propaganda campaign maligning Pakistan-based organisations and its agencies for the attacks. Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab have already been hanged by Indian government in the parliament and 26/11 cases, respectively. 

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