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Jumping the Gun after Every Blast Distracts Terror Probe

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, by MOHAMMAD NAUSHAD KHAN

Jumping the gun or floating conspiracy theory after every blast has set a wrong precedent which usually undermines the angle and the direction of the investigation. Some aired point or the leads floated can be genuine but most of the leads or inputs are floated either to communalise or vitiate the atmosphere or to divert the attention of the agencies to the direction which suits political aspirations. Thus, NIA is expected to probe multiple angles simultaneously before reaching any conclusion so that they are not misled and embarrassed like other agencies in the past.      

Perception and response of Home Ministry and the premier investigating agency NIA for the first time seems to have changed a little bit, but not completely, as it may happen gradually. Initially, after the blast the needle of suspicion was pointed to the same old theory of IM involvement or other groups in reaction to killings of Rohingya Muslims. After initial blame game either by political leaders or by investigating agencies the way of looking at the possible leads has now got diversified and all of them are talking of multiple angles. As per reports available, the NIA after initial investigation has insinuated that the terror module involved in the Bodh Gaya temple blast could be a new one because the imprints found on the unexploded IEDs do not match with the IEDs that have been used in earlier terror blasts across the country.

Old habits die hard. Earlier it was the practice of the investigating agencies to name any Muslim outfit without even conducting initial investigation and a carbon copy of earlier statement made after the blast was parroted as usual. Thanks to Hemant Karkare and some judicious investigating officers that in recent past the line of investigation, the perception and response to terror has been redefined at least to some extent. After his visit to the blast site, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, while talking to reporters, said, “The issue is complex and it could have been carried out by terror groups, Naxalites or some other issues such as communal disturbances.”

Generally some groups used to claim responsibility after blast. Earlier it was believed to be true. But this time, even after IM has claimed responsibility there has been a cautious approach to consider it to be genuine. Home Minister, while reacting to the claims, said that authenticity of claims made by the Indian Mujahideen have to be authenticated before government can reach any conclusion.

Notably, Markandey Katju has earlier said that email can be sent by any mischievous person and also asked the media to be cautious in terror reporting. Many believe that it would be wrong to demonise a community on the basis of false claim made as it has happened in the past.



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