NEW DELHI : Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed on Sunday said it was the 2002 Gujarat riots that led to the formation of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM), reports Times of India. 

"Indian Mujahideen was formed after the Gujarat riots, says NIA in its charge-sheet. Even now BJP and RSS will not desist from their communal politics?," Shakeel said on microblogging site Twitter.

When contacted, the Congress general secretary blamed the "communal politics of BJP for the chain reaction" on the issue of terror.  "This (2002 riots) was the reason behind the creation of Indian Mujahideen. If they forsake their communal politics, outfits like IM will cease to exist," he said.

"So, the communal politics of BJP has led to a chain reaction. They should give up such politics," Ahmed said.

"The main source of communalism in the country is RSS and BJP, he alleged and added, "Those who want to stop communal politics should build pressure on BJP and RSS".