New Delhi: Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, conveyed on Wednesday that Tahawwur Rana, one of the accused linked to the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, will soon undergo legal proceedings within the Indian judiciary. Addressing the Lok Sabha during a discussion on a No-Confidence Motion introduced by the Opposition, Shah highlighted the concerted efforts undertaken by the Modi government to counter terrorism and Naxalism.
”We banned PFI in the country and conducted raids at over 90 locations in the country. Cases regarding attacks on our missions in London, Ottawa, and San Francisco were handed over to NIA (National Investigation Agency). 26/11 Tahawwur Hussain Rana will also soon face the judiciary in India,” Mr Shah said.
Rana was apprehended in the United States based on India’s extradition request due to his involvement in the Mumbai attacks, during which 10 Pakistani terrorists orchestrated a siege lasting over 60 hours, resulting in the deaths of over 160 individuals, including six Americans, at significant locations in Mumbai.
Indian authorities claim that Rana conspired alongside his childhood friend and mastermind behind the 26/11 attacks, David Coleman Headley to aid the Pakistani extremist group Lashkar-e-Taiba in orchestrating the acts of terror. Both Headley and Rana attended a military high school in Pakistan together.
Shah further said that terrorism was eradicated from Jammu and Kashmir after Prime Minister Narendra Modi formed a government at the Centre.
”In the view of internal security, there used to be three hotspots- Kashmir, the region of Naxals and Northeast, and it continued to be the same for years. We changed our policies towards Kashmir in 2014. From 2014 to 19, Rajnath Singhji was Home Minister, and after that, I became Home Minister. We eradicated terrorism in the region,” Mr Shah said.
“Naxals limited to only 3 districts in Chhattisgarh now,” he added.
Hitting out at the previous government at the Centre, Shah said that the UPA government was there from 2004 to 2014 and terrorists would just enter across the border and cut our soldiers’ heads off, no one did anything about it. He further said, “We will talk to the youth of Kashmir valley, not Hurriyat, Jamiat, and Pakistan.”