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BJP Denies Link With Arrested LeT Terrorist, Demands NIA Probe As Oppn Steps Up Attack


Talib Hussain Shah was nabbed in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. J&K DGP Dilbag Singh said Shah was briefly associated with a political party.

Under fire from the Opposition over its alleged links with arrested LeT terrorist Talib Hussain Shah, the BJP on Tuesday demanded a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the matter, PTI reported. Alleging a conspiracy by Pakistan-based outfit LeT, J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina urged Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to probe the "wider terror conspiracy".

"As it is a serious matter, BJP is urging J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha that probe into all aspects of this case should be conducted by NIA to uncover this new terror plan (against BJP and its leaders). They must uncover as to how many more Talibs (militants) are part of this conspiracy and linked with the terror outfit," PTI quoted Raina as saying.

Talib Hussain Shah was nabbed by villagers along with another terrorist in Reasi in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. J&K DGP Dilbag Singh said Shah was briefly associated with a political party and also posed himself as a mediaperson.

Ruling out any official relation between BJP and Shah, Raina said it was a new terror plan of LeT to set up a module to target BJP and its leaders by planting a terrorist as journalist to carry out recce of its office.

"We want a full probe into people behind the conspiracy, their links and their targets in BJP. We want to know who are from BJP were his targets," he said.

"Talib Hussian Shah and his other associates were coming to the BJP office to cover press conferences regularly. He was also attending party rallies as a journalist," the J&K BJP chief further said. 

Meanwhile, BJP issued a show-cause notice to the party's Jammu Minority Morcha president Sheikh Bashir after an order purportedly written by him about the appointment of LeT terrorist Talib Hussain Shah as an official of the unit emerged on social media, PTI reported.

"You had appointed one Talib Hussain as an official of Minority Morcha, who has been found involved in terror activities," the notice written by J&K BJP disciplinary committee chairman Sunil Sethi said.

"You (Sheikh) are directed to explain your position on above issue within 48 hours. Please clarify whether you have issued order in favour of a person (Talib Hussain Shah), who is not even primary member of party as per official records and without checking credentials of the person," the notice further said.

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