Controversy over recovery of RDX before Sonias visit
Rattan Sharma | 24 Feb 2008
CRPF's claim regarding recovery of explosives in Bhaderwah before Sonia's visit, has put it in dock as the DIG Doda Police ordered fact finding enquiry a day after.
The claimed recovery of three kg RDX near the venue of Sonia Gandhi's proposed rally on Friday at Bhaderwah in Jammu and Kashmir has given rise to a controversy. While the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) claimed to have recovered the haul of explosives, the police termed it a drama and ordered a fact finding enquiry into the fake recovery.
Taking serious note of it, Deputy Inspector General of Police Doda Range Farooq Khan on Saturday has ordered fact finding enquiry into the fake recovery of explosive and ammunition including three kg RDX from village Teligarh Chinote in Bhaderwah area by security forces on Thursday evening hours before the visit of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Sources said, the DIG has ordered a fact finding enquiry to be conducted by SSP Doda Manohar Singh into the fake recovery of explosive and ammunition, so that further necessary action as deemed fit under law is initiated accordingly.
The local police claimed that it was not informed about the recovery of explosives material from a hideout in Bhaderwah locality. Official sources said when the local police was asked about the recovery of explosives showed ignorance and till about 16.30 hours on February 22 there was no official intimation from any quarters furnished to police station Bhaderwah.
According to a police spokesperson, after 16.30 hours, a letter was reportedly received in Police Station Bhaderwah from a local unit of Para Military Forces (PMF) claiming recovery of explosives and ammunition from a house in Teligarh area of Bhaderwah.
This claim by some officials of the PMF first came to light through print and electronic media and then reported to the local police after an unexplained delay of about one day makes the whole claim highly suspicious and incredible and it was apparently found that the information was not based on facts and no such recovery was made from the said area.
Since on the same day UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi was on a visit to Bhaderwah and the news items created panic, official sources said.
There was huge deployment of police and other forces in Bhaderwah as a result there was no possibility of presence of militants or said explosive and ammunition in the area shown in recovery. The visit of Sonia Gandhi went of peacefully.
Earlier on Friday CRPF officials had confirmed that a terrorist hideout was busted in Bhaderwah about one kilometer from the rally spot from where an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was recovered by CRPF personnel.