Former chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) AS Dulat on Thursday said no clear instructions were given to the police on December 24, 1999, when the Indian Airlines plane landed in Amritsar, because of which the hijackers took off the plane to Kandahar in Afghanistan.

Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar told the media that Dulat's comments revealed "disturbing facts."

"They (the BJP) have compromised the interests of the country whenever they have been in power. Who was behind these decisions? The prime minister should break his silence and apologise to the country," he said.

Dulat's book, "Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years", is slated to be released shortly.

However, the ruling party also outrightly rejected Dulat's claims about the alleged "goof up" of the IC-814 hijacking case in 1999. It also rebutted claims of the ruling party compromising with terrorists and terrorism.
Claiming that Congress has a "very convenient memory" on Kandahar, Akbar said the decision to save the hijacked Indians was taken after consultations with everyone.
"It is regrettable, but perhaps their (Congress's) occasional amnesia, where it suits them. On Kandahar, consultations were held at the highest level by senior leaders of NDA. It was a national crisis. In the spirit of the Vajpayee government, consultations were held with all the
parties," he said.     

BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma also accused Congress of raking up "dead issues" for its political survival and charged the opposition party with allowing Warren Andersen, who was responsible for thousands of deaths in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, to escape scot-free.
"Congress is devoid of issues and is trying to borrow them and rake up dead issues," he said.

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