SP distances itself from Farooqui remarks on Yasin Bhatkal arrest

A day after Samajwadi Party leader Kamaal Farooqui kicked up a row over the arrest of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal.

Etawah: A day after Samajwadi Party leader Kamaal Farooqui kicked up a row over the arrest of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, his party on Saturday distanced itself from the remarks saying they reflected his personal views.

"Farooqui`s statement is not that of the party`s. It could be his personal views," senior SP leader Ramgopal Yadav told reporters here.

"Bhatkal is a terrorist and he should be treated as one," Yadav, who was here to distribute laptops among students, said.

Responding to the arrest of the 30-year-old accused, who is wanted in several blast cases, Farooqui had yesterday said, "Is this arrest based on crime or religion?"

"If he is a terrorist, then he should not be spared but if he has been arrested just because he is a Muslim, then caution should be exercised as we don`t want to send a wrong message to the entire community that we are trying to malign the it`s image without a thorough investigation," he had said.

PTI