Seer ‘confession’ reveals Hindu terror hand
New Delhi, 08 January 2011: A string of terror blasts in Malegaon, Ajmer, Hyderabad and on the Samjhauta Express in Haryana over the last few years were engineered by members belonging to a radical Hindu fringe, a so-called confession by an RSS leader before a magistrate has revealed.
The statement of the RSS leader, Swami Aseemananda alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, made in the course of investigations by the CBI and the National Investigating Agency (NIA), has raised the possibility of another source of terrorism the country, involving Hindu extremists.
Reacting to the alleged revelations, the Congress on Friday demanded strong action against the RSS, with party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed saying: “We want the UPA to act strongly against orgnisations whose activists are taking part in terror acts and anti-national activities”.
On its part, the RSS damned the CBI for selectively leaking Aseemananda’s putative confession. “This deliberate leaking of document confirms further the alleged interest of agencies is not to probe cases but malign the reputation of organisations and individuals,” RSS National Executive member Ram Madhav said. Accusing the CBI of proving itself as the “Congress Bureau of Investigation”, Madhav said the confessional statement was “all contradictory and there is no credible evidence”.
According to Aseemananda’s statement, the bomb blasts triggered in Maharashtra’s Malegaon in 2006 and 2008, on the Samjhauta Express in Haryana in 2007, at Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan, and at the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad the same year were the handiwork of a loose extremist Hindu group of which he was a member.
Aseemananda, who worked out of Gujarat, is alleged to have told investigators of his meetings with expelled RSS leader from Madhya Pradesh Pradesh Sunil Joshi, an alleged kingpin of the serial blasts. Joshi was mysteriously murdered outside his house in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, in 2007.
The seer was arrested on November 19, 2010, following a CBI raid on his hideout in Haridwar. Aseemananda was nabbed place after he went underground following the arrest of Saadhvi Pragya Singh and Colonel (retd) Purohit — members of the alleged extermist Hindu group Abhinav Bharat — in October 2008.