Chennai, Jul 27: BJP yesterday disagreed with Tamil Nadu DGP's statement that the motive behind some attacks on Hindu leaders is personal when the probe into the party's state secretary's murder was not over.
"I don't think it is proper for anyone to foreclose anything on the issue when the probe is not complete. It may not be proper even if he is DGP," party spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman, part of a three-member team constituted to look into murder of state BJP president V Ramesh told reporters.
Senior BJP leader Prakash Javedkar described the statement as unfortunate and hoped government would take corrective action and do what is necessary. "We also want government to desist any officer from making any such comment."
The DGP had earlier yesterday rejected charges that police failed to act on 'targeted' attacks on Hindu outfit leaders and BJP functionaries in the state, saying such statements are "misleading and contrary to the truth."
The three member team, including Karnataka MP Anant Hegde, set up to look into the murder, told reporters after visiting sites where party leaders and right wing leaders were killed across the state that prima facie, they found these were targeted kills. "There is a pattern. On looking at the three attacks, we find that there is a pattern," they said.
Javedkar said, "they would submit their report to the party leadership in two or three days and also raise in Parliament the fundamentalist and terror angle to the murder."
Citing 19 attacks on Hindu leaders in the last nine months, he said such attacks had increased in intensity, velocity and frequency. The investigation has to expose larger designs. These are not isolated incidents.
Contending there is a clear case of possible fundamentalist or terror angle to it, he said the team had gathered a large amount of data, which they would share with the party leadership and the police team probing the issue.
Asked if he suspected there were a terror angle to the issue, he said, "the role of banned organisations in this issue must also be investigated."
"Definitely there is a design, a pattern, a methodology. These are targeted killings and there is a larger design to it. We want the probe to bring out the truth in a time-bound manner. The investigation should not in anyway defame the families of the victims," he said."