BJP slams government for intelligence failure

Aug 20, 2012, 06:20 IST | Agencies

Questions Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi's 'inaction' during the violence

A day after India blamed Pakistan for rumours and SMSes that forced thousands of northeast citizens to flee other states, BJP yesterday slammed the government for intelligence failure.

BJP leader Yashwant Sinha also slammed Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, who has claimed he always suspected foreign hand in the incidents. Sinha questioned Gogoi’s inaction. “The Assam chief minister said he always felt there is Pakistan’s hand in the incidents. A Congress chief minister is saying this, it’s clearly an intelligence failure,” Sinha said.

“It was a social media aggression unleashed by Pakistan and the government could not do anything. “Instead, when there was an exodus from so many states, the home minister questioned only the Karnataka chief minister,” Sinha said.

Home Secretary RK Singh on Saturday said 76 websites with morphed images of Assam and Myanmar violence had been identified for the panic run and that the bulk of these were uploaded in Pakistan.

The government has imposed a 15-day ban on bulk SMSes and MMSes to counter rumours of imminent attacks on northeastern people living in other states to avenge the clashes between Bodo tribals and Muslims in Assam.

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