Lashkar agents tried to recruit us Muzaffarnagar riot victims tell Delhi Police
Days after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi expressed concerns that Pakistan’s spy agency ISI may try to take advantage of communal riots in Muzaffarnagar, it has now come to fore that the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) is actually trying to infiltrate communally sensitive parts of Uttar Pradesh.
It was reported on Tuesday that two Muslim clerics, who were arrested from Haryana recently for their alleged links with LeT, have revealed to Delhi Police that they paid a visit to the riots-hit Muzaffarnagar and met some victims there.
The two suspected LeT operatives also told Delhi Police about their plans to recruit Muzaffarnagar riot victims for anti-India activities.
This was also confirmed by some of the Muzaffarnagar riot victims who said that the two LeT operatives tried to recruit men from the relief camps set up after the September communal clashes.
When some of them who were allegedly approached refused to work for the terror outfit, the two LeT operatives went to Delhi to continue their recruitment drive.
Delhi Police Special Cell is also believed to have learnt from the riots victims that the two clerics – Hafeez Rashidi and Shahid – made several visits to the relief camps. Delhi Police is also expected to hold a press conference at 1 pm in this regard today.
The riot victims, who have turned witnesses against the arrested clerics, have reportedly testified before a magistrate, which makes it admissible as evidence in court.
The fresh revelation lends credence to concerns expressed by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during a rally in October when he said that an intelligence officer had told him about Pakistani intelligence ISI trying to recruit young men whose families suffered in the Muzaffarnagar riots.
Rahul faced criticism from various Muslim groups and the BJP, which accused him of trying to politicize the Muzaffarnagar riots. Nearly 60 people were killed in the riots and over 40,000 driven out of their villages and forced to live in relief camps.
The two clerics arrested from Mewat in Haryana allegedly told the Delhi Police that they had been tasked to recruit young men for terror, and were ordered to visit Muzaffarnagar to identify operatives from disgruntled men in relief camps.
The two men have also been charged of plotting a terror attack in the national capital.