New Delhi, July 3 (ANI): With new disclosures made by former Chief of the Research and Analysis wing (RAW) A.S. Dulat on the 1999 Kandahar hijack incident, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Thursday said BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani, who was the deputy prime minister at that time, must throw light on the details of the episode.
“These are new revelations coming to the public domain. Even at that time there was a lot of criticism about the External Affairs Minister accompanying the terrorists to Kandahar and the way the whole crisis was handled,” said Raja.
Raja pointed out that there are many details coming into the public domain even with regard to Jammu and Kashmir.
“How Vajpayee and his party negotiated with the National Conference of Jammu and Kashmir headed by Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah,” he added.
The CPI leader further said that there are many political details coming to public domain, but they are all part of history now.
“As Vajpayee is inactive now and he is quite old , if someone can throw some more light on these details that is L. K. Advani who was the Deputy Prime Minster at that time,” Raja told ANI.
“So only one person I can think of is Advani who was the Deputy Prime Minister at that point of time and he was at the top leadership of BJP even now he is active, he can throw some light and he can explain what was the role of his party and the government at that time,” he added.
The former RAW chief had earlier said in an interview that the Crisis Management Group (CMG) had ‘goofed up’ the operation of hijacking of the Indian aircraft. He stated that the hijackers gained an upper hand once the plane flew out of India.
In 1999, IC-814, which was on route from Kathmandu to New Delhi, was hijacked by terrorist group Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and taken to Kandahar in Afghanistan.
The crisis lasted for seven days and ended after India agreed to release three militants – Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and Maulana Masood Azhar.(ANI)