Who gained from Pulwama attack, asks Rahul

Rahul Gandhi | File photo.

Rahul Gandhi | File photo.   | Photo Credit: PTI

A year after the Pulwama terror attack, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday questioned the Union government on accountability for the security lapse and the findings of the inquiry that was meant to probe the attack.

While paying homage to the jawans of the jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) killed in the attack, Mr. Gandhi asked who ‘gained’ from it.

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“Today as we remember our 40 CRPF martyrs in the #PulwamaAttack , let us ask: 1. Who benefitted the mo

“Today as we remember our 40 CRPF martyrs in the #PulwamaAttack , let us ask: 1. Who benefitted the most from the attack? 2. What is the outcome of the inquiry into the attack? 3. Who in the BJP Govt has yet been held accountable for the security lapses that allowed the attack?” he said on Twitter.

Congress communications chief Randeep Surjewala, who held a press conference almost immediately after the attack to raise the issue of intelligence failure of an impending attack, was asked to tone down his criticism as the party had resorted to a self-imposed 10-day gag on targeting the government.

In a fresh attack, apart from the alleged security lapse, Mr Surjewala asked the role of Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) police Davinder Singh, who was recently arrested for his militant links as the officer posted in Pulwama at the time of the attack.

“Entire Nation pays homage to martyrs of #Pulwama ! Questions remain-: 1. Why is the report of Pulwama attack not being made public? 2. Who is accountable? 3. Who brought the 350 Kgs Improvised Explosive Device? 4. Why were intelligence reports of attack ignored? 5. Did Devinder Singh have any role?” asked Mr. Surjewala.

At a press conference in the Congress headquarters, party spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill alleged that the BJP was more bothered about ‘vote security’ than ‘national security’ and had not bothered to help the families of the victims despite Bharat Ka Veer fund -- to help the families of paramilitary personnel – seeing its corpus go up to Rs. 250 crore post the attack.

Responding to the BJP’s attack on Mr. Gandhi’s tweet, Mr. Shergil said, “When Shri Narendra Modi held a press conference questioning the government from attack site of 26/11, he was a nationalist, but when Shri Rahul Gandhi raises questions on Pulwama he is anti-national? Shun the hypocrisy and stop this 'use and throw' policy towards soldiers of this country”.

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