Digvijay helping Pak terrorists by comments on Karkare: BJP

BJP General Secretary Vijay Goel on Wednesday accused Congress leader Digvijay Singh of "helping Pakistani terrorists" by asserting that slain ATS chief Hemant Karkare spoke to him about threats from right-wing Hindu groups.

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010, 22:12 PM IST

Guwahati: BJP General Secretary Vijay
Goel on Wednesday accused Congress leader Digvijay Singh of "helping
Pakistani terrorists" by asserting that slain ATS chief Hemant
Karkare spoke to him about threats from right-wing Hindu
groups hours before the 26/11 terror attack.
"He is helping the Pakistani terrorists by talking in
their favour...He has been untruthful and that has been
proved," Goel told reporters a day after the Congress leader
staunchly defended his claim about having conversation with
Karkare.

"The Congress has criticised him for it and we (BJP)
have also slammed him. The Congress has distanced itself from
him on the phone call issue," Goel said emphasising that
Singh`s comments had no takers within his own party.

A day after claiming to have proof of his phone talks
with Karkare, Singh told the media here yesterday that though
he had not been able to get the phone records he stood by the
remarks about threat to the police officer.
"I am not a liar, there is no need for me to lie that
I had spoken to Hemant Karkare. I stand by what I said,"
Singh, who has recently been made party in-charge of Assam
ahead of the upcoming assembly elections, said.

The Congress general secretary yesterday said that he
had a letter from the BSNL Bhopal general manager that "the
BSNL cannot provide the details of my phone number as call
records are kept only for 12 months".

Singh had, however, asked for the BSNL call record
retrieval centre for a record of his conversation.

Dismissing as "absolutely rubbish" suggestions that he
was questioning the probe in the 26/11 case or meant to say
that Pakistani terrorists were not involved in the encounter
of Karkare, Singh had said, "I do not have any doubt about the
involvement of Pakistani terrorists in 26/11. I am satisfied
with the investigations."

PTI