Bhupesh Baghel: Chhattisgarh CM’s big claim- Center is trying to destabilize the government, illegal phone tapping is happening


Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday accused the Center of trying to destabilize his government and claimed that “illegal phone tapping” was being done in the state.

Baghel’s remarks come on a day when Maharashtra’s ruling alliance Maha Vikas Aghadi is fighting for survival as Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde along with some MLAs of his party has gone to Surat in Gujarat.

Baghel alleged that people standing with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi were being targeted. Citing the CBI raids against Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s brother and “illegal phone tapping” in Chhattisgarh, he alleged that the Center was trying to destabilize state governments run by non-BJP parties.

Baghel made the remarks while speaking to reporters during a sit-in in front of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office here to protest the questioning of Gandhi by the central agency in the National Herald case.

After this, the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh said in his tweet, “Rahul ji is supporting the people of the country, so he is being harassed. Those who support Rahul ji are also being harassed. CBI to Ashok Gehlot”. Bhai was sent to Rajasthan. Now information about phone tapping is coming out in Chhattisgarh too. But we will not be afraid.”

The Congress on Tuesday held a ‘satyagraha’ at the party headquarters here, alleging “misuse” of the ED and “harassment” of Gandhi, who was questioned by the agency for the fifth day in the National Herald money-laundering case.

The protesting leaders, including Gehlot and Baghel, later announced that they would march to Jantar Mantar, but were stopped by the police as they did not have the necessary permissions. Several Congress workers were detained.

Illegal telephone exchange used for espionage busted

On the other hand, Army Intelligence and Bangalore Police have busted an illegal telephone exchange allegedly converting foreign calls into local calls to facilitate espionage activities in the country.

One of the accused, identified as Sharafuddin (41-years) resident of Wayanad in Kerala, has been taken into custody by both the agencies during a joint operation. Sharafuddin is accused of keeping multiple mobile SIM cards, electronic devices, in four locations in the Bagalgunte main road area of ​​Karnataka capital Bengaluru. Officials said the illegal activity betrayed the telecom department and posed a threat to the country’s security.

The agencies came to know about this when they found that Pakistan-based henchmen were using the exchange to get information from some Indian defense installations. According to officials, preliminary investigation has revealed that the person, who has been detained, used 58 electronic devices to install 2,144 SIM cards at locations in Bhuvaneshwari Nagar, Chikkasandra and Siddeshwar Layout.

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