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RSS leader chargesheeted for Ajmer Blast

23 Oct

NDTV Correspondent, Updated: October 23, 2010 18:53 IST

Jaipur: The Rajasthan ATS on Friday filed a charge sheet against five 2007 Ajmer blast accused, accusing them of murder and defiling a place of worship.

A senior RSS leader, Indresh Kumar, is among those named in the charge sheet, which says the blast at the Ajmer Dargah three years ago was the result of an elaborate conspiracy hatched by a group of Hindu radicals.

The chargesheet says:

  • Indresh took part in a meeting in Jaipur on October 31, 2005 with seven others
  • In the meeting he exhorted members to do radical acts
  • Indresh said being part of religious organisations will help them avoid suspicion and accomplish their mission
  • Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast case, was also present in that meeting.
Police say there is not enough evidence to frame charges against Indresh yet, but there’s every possibility he will be questioned.
The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot, says the RSS must accept the truth.”The RSS should accept the truth which has come out,” said Gehlot.”The ATS has done a very good job as it was very important for the truth to come out and it is now in the open. A link was found between Ajmer Sharif blast, Jaipur and Malegaon blasts and the wrongdoers were caught. I think the ATS has done a good job for which even the central Government had thanked them,” Gehlot added.

But the man in the eye of the storm, Indresh Kumar, claims he’s being framed. “It is a political conspiracy,” he told NDTV.

“The RSS has been consistently working to undermine and upset the pluralistic ethos of India,” said Manish Tewari, Congress Spokesperson. (Read: Congress accuses RSS of ‘disturbing’ communal amity)
The 806-page charge sheet was filed by the Anti-Terrorist Squadin the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Jagendra Kumar Jain in connection with the blast on the premises of the Dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti that left three persons dead and 15 others injured.The accused have been charged with sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 120B (conspiracy) and 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship) of IPC among others.The prosecution has cited 133 witnesses.

The court fixed October 26 for arguments on the charge sheet.

Take decisive action against Hindutva terrorism

7 Aug

New Delhi, July 17: Investigations into the Makkah Masjid, Ajmer Sharif and Malegaon terror attacks appear to be exposing the true face of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Though the RSS has posed as the custodian of Indian nationalism, it has, in fact, sought to undermine the core values of the republic.

The inspiration behind the RSS was not Indian nationalism and not even Hindu religion, but Italian fascism. BS Moonje, the mentor of RSS founder KB Hedgewar, and the brain behind the RSS, conceptualised the organisation on the lines of Benito Mussolini’s Blackshirts. A great admirer of the Italian dictator, Moonje even visited him in 1931.

It is the same fascist inspired deviant nationalism that drove a group of ex- RSS members like Nathuram Godse to assassinate Mahatma Gandhi. The role of the RSS in the Mahatma’s assassination has been clearly established by the Jivan Lal Kapur Commission. The involvement of RSS members in the recent terror attacks— including the alleged role of senior leader Indresh Kumar— is a manifestation of the same deviant, if not pervert, nationalism.

The big danger of Hindutva terror is in its attempt to disguise itself as nationalist even while attacking the very foundations of the republic: secularism and democracy. In this context there is need to investigate a security conclave organised by Mr Kumar in which officials, perhaps retired, from the military, security agencies and the administrative services participated.

The law enforcement agencies should not be taken in by the nationalistic pose adopted by Hindutva extremists. But more importantly, they need to be combated politically rather than through some administrative ban or sanctions. There is need for quick and decisive action on the part of like- minded political parties, civil society and the administration to check this cancer.