New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday demanded an apology from the Congress hours after Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley revealed that Ishrat Jahan was a member of the terror outfit.
“The Congress president and vice president should apologise to the heroes who killed LeT terrorist Ishrat Jahan and her accomplices,” BJP leader Shrikant Sharma said here.
The Ishrat Jahan encounter took place in Gujarat on June 15, 2004, and was led by Deputy Inspector General D.G. Vanzara, who was later jailed in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case.
“Instead of praising the brave policemen, questions were raised on their sincerity and they were put behind bars by the Congress regime. Now the mask has come off their faces,” he added.
Sharma alleged that the Congress had tried to politicise terror in order to defame the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also alleged that it tried to influence the NIA and CBI probes into the encounter case.
“The previous UPA government at the centre questioned the police action and politicised it instead of appreciating the police for killing them. It was a hate conspiracy against the BJP leaders and the Headley’s claim has exposed the people who objected to the encounter,” the BJP leader said.
He also alleged that the Congress leadership tried to influence the National Investigative Agency and Central Bureau of Investigation probes into the encounter.
“Several investigative agencies and officers also termed Ishrat Jahan a terrorist but the then UPA government ignored the fact and misused investigative agencies to link Modi and the BJP with the episode,” he said.
Earlier, the Congress on Thursday questioned attempts to use Headley’s court testimony to justify the “fake” Ishrat Jahan encounter which it said were “not permissible by law”.