Ahmed Patel terror link charges: JD(U) demands probe into Congress leader's alleged ties with terrorists

Janata Dal (United) faction led by Nitish Kumar demanded a 'free and fair probe' into allegations that Congress leader Ahmed Patel had links with two arrested terrorists in Gujarat

IANS October 28, 2017 15:42:30 IST
Ahmed Patel terror link charges: JD(U) demands probe into Congress leader's alleged ties with terrorists

New Delhi: The Janata Dal (United) faction led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday demanded a "free and fair probe" into allegations that Congress leader Ahmed Patel had links with two arrested terrorists in Gujarat.

Ahmed Patel terror link charges JDU demands probe into Congress leaders alleged ties with terrorists

File image of Ahmed Patel. PTI

"The allegations against Ahmed Patel has been made by the Chief Minister of the state, which are very serious in nature. So we demand a free and fair probe," JD(U) spokesperson KC Tyagi told reporters in New Delhi.

He also said that and if anyone's "role is established then the law must act".

"On the issue of national security, we are very straight that there will be no compromise with it. Let the law take its own course. If anyone is found guilty then he should be punished," Tyagi said.

Tyagi's remarks came a day after Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani alleged that Patel was linked to a suspected terrorist arrested by the state's Anti-Terrorist Squad on Wednesday from Bharuch. Patel has rubbished the charge.

Rupani told reporters that Mohammed Qasim Stimberwala, caught by the Intelligence Bureau and security agencies, was working at a Bharuch hospital where Patel had been a trustee and, though he resigned after the UPA lost power "still oversees the working of the hospital".

Stimberwala, one of the two alleged IS operatives arrested by the Gujarat ATS from Surat, had resigned recently as an echocardiogram technician in the Sardar Patel Hospital and Heart Institute in Ankleshwar, which Patel had helped grow into a modern facility.

Patel was one of the trustees during the hospital's formative years as a modern hospital and the only one in the entire Bharuch district with latest equipment and technology with facilities for heart surgery. He had resigned as a trustee in 2014, facilitating a new board of trustees to take over.

The ATS, which picked up Stimberwala and Ubed Ahmed Mirza, claimed that the two were planning to attack a Jewish synagogue in Khadia area of Ahmedabad and had even carried out reconnaissance of their target.

Mirza was a practising lawyer at the Surat district court, Stimberwala worked as a technician at the Ankleshwar hospital.

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