Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday attacked the Congress over the debate on the casualty figures of the air strike in Balakot.
Home Minister said the opposition party is not willing to accept an assessment by the National Technical Research Organisation that said some 300 mobile phones were active at the Jaish-e-Mohammed camp before the Air Force’s Mirage 2000 fighter jets bombed it. NTRO is under the direct control of the Prime Minister’s Office.
“The NTRO, which has an authentic system, said that 300 mobile phones were active… Were these mobile phones used by the trees? Now will you not believe the NTRO also?” the Home Minister said after inaugurating a surveillance system of the Border Security Force in Assam’s Dhubri on Tuesday. He said the Congress should go to Pakistan and count the casualties if it insists on knowing the exact figures.
“India’s respected and authentic NTRO surveillance system has said that before Indian pilots dropped the bombs, 300 mobile phones were active there. There’s no need to tell you how many were killed,” Mr Singh said, according to news agency.
The sparring between the party led by PM Modi and the opposition intensified after BJP chief Amit Shah in a public meeting in Gujarat, two days ago, claimed over 250 terrorists were killed in the Balakot air strike.
The Air Force said it does not count casualty figures. “Air Force is not in a position to clarify how many people were inside. We don’t count human casualties. We count what targets we have hit or not hit,” Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa told reporters on Monday.