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Jul 22, 2013 at 11:14am IST

Shakeel Ahmad clarifies remarks on IM, says he quoted what NIA said

New Delhi: Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad has defended his controversial comments on the origin of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen. A day after he alleged that the outfit was a direct result of the 2002 Gujarat riots, Shakeel Ahmad has now tweeted saying he was merely quoting the National Investigation Agency. He said his comments do not condone terrorism by the Indian Mujahideen.

"No sane person can justify terror acts of IM or any other outfit. I simply mentioned NIA's version in its chargesheet highlighted by media," Ahmad tweeted.

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Ahmed's comments on the Indian Mujahideen's origin had spaked a row on Sunday. "The NIA has said that Indian Mujahideen was formed as a response to the Gujarat riots. This must serve as an eye-opener to us. So parties like the RSS, BJP and the Shiv Sena must refrain from communal politics," Ahmad had said. "The main source of communalism in the country is RSS and BJP," he had alleged and added, "Those who want to stop communal politics should build pressure on BJP and RSS".

The BJP hit back asking if Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed was justifying that IM shares his party's objectives and is sympathetic to its cause? BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said on Twitter, "Shakeel Ahmed seems justifying IM shares their objective & is sympathetic 2their cause?"

She also tweeted that the Congress alliance with similar outfits is an excuse to justify such a mindset. "CON's political alliances with similar outfits hv preceded Gujrat an excuse2 justify such a mindset.Alliance with Muslim league, MIM, TNMMK!"

The NIA on Wednesday had filed its chargesheet in a Delhi court against five suspected operatives of terror outfit IM for their alleged involvement in hatching a conspiracy to carry out terror strikes in the country.

The chargesheet has been filed against Mohammad Danish Ansari, Mohammad Aftab Alam, Imran Khan, Syed Maqbool and Obaid-Ur-Rehman under various penal provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the IPC relating to conspiracy to commit certain offences against the state.

(With additional inputs from PTI)