US should not play terrorism : Eduardo

| 21 September 2001 21:37 IST

Former external affairs minister Eduardo Faleiro has said the US should not play in the hands of terrorists by killing innocent people in the name of war.

A minister of state in the erstwhile Congress government, Faleiro said India should see that the superpower does not follow a similar path of killing innocent people in an attempt to crush terrorism.

"If you kill innocents, terrorists win", he commented, suggesting that war should be fought tactically, where only the guilty will be punished and not the innocent masses.

Addressing a press conference in the city here, the Congress MP however said that we should act as one people against the common menace of terrorism in all its shapes, but cautioned not to reproduce the same kind of violence and inhumanity.

While supporting prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's call for global war against terrorism, Faleiro has also urged him to take action against Bajrang Dal, the Sangh Parivar associates of the ruling BJP, for involving themselves in similar kind of terrorist activities within India.

"The government should immediately put an end to these blatantly illegal and provocative training camps of the Bajrang Dal and arrest the masterminds behind them", he demanded.

Drawing attention to the private army being raised by the Sangh Parivar by conducting training camps in several parts of India, Faleiro said this is no different from fundamentalist organisations in Pakistan.

"Terrorism is fundamentalism and it needs to be crushed at all levels", he opined while expressing regrets that no action was initiated by the central government till date in spite of raising this issue in the last Parliament session.

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