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No such thing as 'saffron terror': Congress

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Monday said that neither its nor any other party functionary ever used the term "terror" and that its adversaries were levelling baseless allegations in this regard.

"Show me a video or a sound clip where or any other functionary is seen using the term 'Bhagva aatankwad' (terror). There is no such thing as terror," said.

"We believe that terrorism cannot be associated with any religion or community," he added.

The Congress' response came after a National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in acquitted all five accused in the city's Masjid blast case in which nine persons were killed and 50 injured during the Friday prayers in 2007.

Hindu right-wing group Bharat members alias Swamy Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, alias and Rajender Chowdhary, who were charged by the NIA, were all acquitted.

However, Punia said that questions remained over how the confessional statements and many other documents went missing from the prosecution's files.

"But it won't be proper to comment before going through the complete order of the court. But the court has said that the prosecution has failed to prove the case," Punia said.

Soon after the court's order, the BJP accused the Congress of "defaming" religion by coining the term "saffron terror" and demanded apologies from and



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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 18:34 IST