LUCKNOW: Within 24 hours of the recovery of Anant Gupta, the Congress alleged that there was more to the child's kidnapping and subsequent return to his home in Noida than what met the eye.
Stating that an air of mystery surrounded the three-year's old abduction on Monday and his recovery on Friday, the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president, Salman Khurshid, alleged that the kidnappers were apparently close to the State Government agencies.
Mr. Khurshid said that Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav's statement a couple of days back that the child would be rescued smacked of something deeper. The UPCC president, however, said he was relieved that the child had been reunited with his parents.
A senior Congress leader, Rashid Alvi, who was also present, categorically stated that the "official machinery was involved in the child's kidnapping."
Mr. Khurshid held the Samajwadi Party Government responsible for the deterioration in the law and order situation, adding that the entire political system had been corrupted by the present regime.
Referring to the Chief Minister's indication that the Vidhan Sabha elections may be held in February next year, Mr. Khurshid said impartial polls were not possible under the present regime.
The Congress party's jail bharo agitation would begin on November 20 from Jhansi and Meerut. Mr Khurshid will lead the agitation in Jhansi and Mr. Alvi in Meerut.
This was decided at the meeting of the eight sectoral in-charges and district and city unit office-bearers. The AICC General Secretary and in-charge for U.P. affairs, Ashok Gehlot, was present in the meeting.