Will RSS be banned for a fourth time?

DNA / Anil Anand / Saturday, January 8, 2011 1:20 IST

After Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Swami Aseemanand allegedly confessed before a magistrate that he and other Hindu leaders – Indresh Kumar, Pragya Singh and Sunil Joshi – were involved in the Samjhauta Express and other bombings at Muslim religious places, Congress demanded “strict action” against the outfit on Friday.

Stating that the confession exposed the “terror face” of RSS, party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said the “government must act and take firm action against such organisations”.

He, however, skirted a direct reply when asked if RSS should be banned. The outfit has been banned thrice in the past for various reasons.

“Reports about Aseemanand’s confession have appeared in the media. This Sanghi terrorism poses a big threat to the country,” Ahmed said.

Aseemanand, who worked for Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in Dangs, Gujarat, reportedly confessed to involvement in the Samjhauta Express blast that killed 68 people, mostly Pakistanis. The swami has been quoted as saying, “I told everyone that bomb must be responded with a bomb.”

The statement made under section 164 before a magistrate will be considered key evidence.

Interestingly, the Samjhauta blast is being probed by National Investigating Agency, while Aseemanand made the confession to CBI which is interrogating him for involvement in some other cases.