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Moinuddin Chishti Dargah in Ajmer, India

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Jaipur, Oct 23 (IANS):  A senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader was present when the conspiracy to carry out a blast at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer was hatched, according to the charge-sheet filed in the case.

However, the RSS leader Indresh Kumar has not been named as accused in the charge-sheet filed by the Rajasthan Police’s Anti-Terrorist Squad in an Ajmer court Friday.

Holding supporters of radical Hindu group Abhinav Bharat responsible for the Oct 11, 2007 blast, in which three people were killed and 30 injured, the ATS has charged Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Chander Shekhar Lave, Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangre with murder, attempt to murder, conspiracy, harming or defiling place of worship and other crimes.

Gupta, Sharma and Lave are in judicial custody while Dange and Kalsangre are absconding.

Another accused, Sunil Joshi, died during the course of investigation.

The 806-page charge sheet says that the conspiracy for the bomb blast was hatched during a meeting held in room number 26 of Gujarati Samaj Guesthouse situated near MI Road in Jaipur Oct 21, 2005. The accused had checked in under false names.

According to the charge sheet, Indresh Kumar was present at the secret meeting in which six other functionaries of the outfit were also present.

‘Indresh suggested that they attach themselves to some religious organisation so that they can pass themselves off as pilgrims,’ the charge-sheet says.

Swami Asinanand of Abhinav Bharat Sangthan and Sadhvi Pragya of Jai Vande Matram Sangthan were also present in the meeting where not only was the conspiracy hatched but different tasks were also assigned to some of the conspirators, the ATS said.

‘Indresh has so far not been made an accused in the case as further investigation are required, but he seems to be a conspirator,’ a source in the ATS said.

According to the ATS, the bombs were made in Indore and the area where the bombs were to be planted were identified in a meeting held in Dang area of Gujarat between Feb 11 and 13, 2007.

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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.

The arrest of right-wing militants in connection with the blast in Ajmer Dargah isn’t surprising and is just another in the series of arrests of members of organisations ranging from Abhinav Bharat to Sanatan Sanstha who have committed a series of bombings in India from Malegaon to Goa.

Headlines in prominent newspapers and leading English channels read like ‘Abhinav Bharat man caught’, ‘Ajmer blast suspects linked to Hindu groups’ or ‘Ajmer blast: Hindu group responsible’.

There is no mention of ‘terrorism’ and suddenly words like suspects and ‘organisation member’ are back in journalistic lingo. Just a recent example because public memory is short:

Bettig mafia responsible for blast in Bagalore stadium during IPL!

During the Indian Premier League (IPL), bombs exploded in the stadium in Bangalore. Soon after, journalists who crave for breakthroughs and first page bylines, were mouthing names of persons involved in the blasts. There were reports that security agencies don’t deny the role of particular persons.

A few days passed and the everybody has forgotte it. Now it seems that it was local betting mafia that was involved in planting bombs in the stadium, and we no longer read any follow-ups or any sort of news. So did it make it less serious if underworld or betting mafia is involved?

The classic case was in Assam where major bomb strikes in which dozens died were ignored when ULFA was involved but once minor blasts occurred and a news agency suspected ‘Islamists’ angle’, it was suddenly prime time news and got repeatedly termed as terrorist attacks.

Just a day ago the Bangladesh government has handed DR Nabla alias Ranjan Daimary, the chief of the militant NDFB, that was involved in serial bombings in Assam in 2008 that caused over a 100 deaths. But the arrest didn’t make big news despite the fact that a terrorist mastermind was caught.

Ironically media perceptions force police and investigative agencies to hurry up in investigations and they throw up names to evade intrusive journos by saying that such group’s involvement is not ruled out. The casualty is truth.

Apart from inefficiency and political reasons, often the cases are not cracked because of these reasons. It’s a fact that had there been a BJP government in Maharashtra, Goa or Rajasthan, the activists of Sanatan Sanstha or Abhinav Bharat may never have been arrested.

Upright officers, political will needed

Though Himanshu Panse’s role in blasts in Marathwada had alerted security agencies, the investigation was closed. Firstly, some officers were soft on the group while others apparently didn’t want to get into controversy. It took an officer of the calibre of Hemant Karkare to unravel this network.

Even in cases of blasts where there was a clear stamp of right-wing radicals, Muslim youths were arrested and put for months in illegal detentions. In Hyderabad, those protesting police action were fired at and many were killed.

The fact is that whether it is Hindutva-inspired fanatic or the Islamist militant, they are equally dangerous for the country. Terrorism and crime should be seen purely as a threat to the nation and not from the prism of religion.

Sadly, this doesn’t happen. When some youths from Azamgarh were arrested, the entire district was demonised. When youths from a particular Muslims-dominated town were arrested, the name of the town ‘Bhatkal‘ was added to their names though it was not their surname.

The aim was to defame the town. It was part of a strategy. Shouldn’t Indore be also termed haven of Hindutva-wadis in India. This peaceful town in Central India has been linked to almost all the major cases of bomb blasts.

Should towns be defamed: Is Indore Hindutva-wadi’s Azamgarh?

Either its Malegaon blast, Mecca Masjid or Ajmer terror strike, the accused are being arrested from Indore. The planning was done here. Even investigation trail in Samjhauta Express case has reached Indore. And the most wanted man, Ramji Kalsangra, whose arrest can unravel the entire group, also hails from here.

It is not that MP police were not aware of Sunil Joshi’s shadowy organisation that was based in Indore. It was also aware of Samir Kulkarni’s Abhinav Bharat that was functioning from MP. But the state police didn’t act then even though local Hindi papers printed tonnes of material.

Kulkarni’s role in planting bombs at Bhopal’s major Islamic gathering of tablighi jamaat that attracts 1 million Muslims was also known but police under BJP rule didn’t act. It is only when CBI and central investigative agencies reached Indore that the activity began.

The unfortunate aspect is that everything in India either gets politicised or communalised.

by Dronacharya

RSS-BJP are planning riots post Sept 24 2010 Judgement. They know their case is based on lies and deception. Taiyyari poori kar lee hai. 8 lakh RSS Senas + Bajrangis + Shiv Sainiks + Bombs + Gas cylinders + Jeeps + Acid bombs etc. etc. etc. RSS-mobs in Khaki Chaddis will rape and kill (with impunity); while RSS workers in Khaki Trousers (Police / BSF / RAF / CRPF) look the other way round. A few thousand Muslims will die. A Commission of Enquiry would be formed., that will take 15-20 years to present its report., which will eventually be filed., without any conviction against anyone. The perpetrators of mob vilence will graduate to become MLAs and MPs in the coming years.

Jama Masjid Attack : RSS/VHP/BJP/Bajrang Dal terrorists are planting bombs thru-out India. Wearing green kurtas and skull caps (Muslim Costume); they are doing this dirty job. It is rumoured that Indian Mujahideen is a manufactured creation of Intelligence Agencies & RSS. This is psychological warfare unleashed on the poor muslims of india. [Read S.M. Mushrif’s book : “Who Killed Karkare]. Indian Muslims have a 3 issue agenda: (1) survival (2) bread-and-butter (3) avenues for growth (education+jobs). They do not have a 4th item on their agenda.

Shaheed Hemant Karkare gave his life, yet India as a nation is not sensitised to the fact that 90% of all terrorist activity inside India is managed by RSS-BJP.

RSS Strageties : Based on the past experience of 63 yrs ! (1) RSS workers throw beef in a temple., or garland Gandhi’s statue with beef botis + bones (2) RSS workers throw pork in a mosque (3) Playing music at the time of prayers deliberately (4) Using abusive langauge on the loudspeaker – hate speech at its worst ! The swords, stones, bombs, jeeps, and the mobs are ready ! Riots are planned MONTHS in advance… and are NOT spontaneous ! Armed with computerised print-outs., RSS mobs rape and kill with impunity.

Police Tumhare Saath Hai – is the unwritten Law. The whole Indian Police / CRPF / BSF is Vanzara-ised. Honest policemen like Hemant Karkare are a “rarity”… hence eliminated !

CWC Opening: 28 Sept 2010.
Babri Masjid Title Suit : 24 Sept 2010.
Obama’s Visit : Nov 2010. (Just a little before President Bill Clinton landed., Indian Intelligence Agencies along with RSS killed around 50 innocent Hindus. To present India as a victim… an aggreived party. Clinton was extremely sharp. He understood the trap., and the fact that this was an intelligence operation designed to garner “sympathy”).
Bihar Assembly Elections … Before any US Dignitary’s visit… there is a blast… so that the “victimhood” and “sympathy” can be encashed.

All pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Digvijay Singh is absolutely correct when he predicts that RSS’s deafening silence is the lull before the storm. RSS-Mafia and BJP Senas (Pvt. Army of goons) are planning riots against Indian Muslims ! This is the silence before the storm !!!

RSS will not rest until it turns India into a Hindu-Afghanistan.

By Abdul Hannan Siwani Nadvi,

P. Chidambaram’s saffron terrorism remark angered BJP, RSS and their followers. BJP has objection at association of terrorism to particular organization. BJP, which has a long history of blaming whole Muslim community and calling Muslim areas as epicenter of ISI and terrorism, is now objecting at the term.

There are two things that should be clear to everyone: One, associating terrorism to particular community; and second, terrorism of Hindutva.

Common Muslims, Ulema and other Muslim leaders have been demanding for long that terrorism should not be linked to a particular community, or religion. Their repeated demand remained unheeded. Nobody was ready to address their pain and agitations. Everyone was seeing them as liars and cheaters. BJP and its followers were working to add more fuel in it. The result finally ended with the arrest of hundreds of Muslim boys.

Most of them have been acquitted of the terror charges. However, a large number of Muslim boys are still languishing in jails and no one knows when their pain will end and when they will be freed.

As for existence of terrorists in Muslim community, it has been proven many times that Muslim youths are implicated in false terror cases. Acquittal of most of them by the courts in various states where they were arrested is a big evidence of their innocence. The latest example comes from Gujarat where nine people were acquitted by a local court.

Unfortunately, while mere arrest of innocent Muslim youths in terror cases was seen as a matter of security of the country, cases of Hindutva Terrorist carrying out bomb blasts, making bombs and placing it in Muslim areas in the garb of Muslim identity were not taken as a security issue by the police or state and central government. It is seen just an incident that happens everywhere.

The term of terrorism was used with different colors – Islamic terrorism, jihadists and Jihadism– when it was being associated with Muslims. BJP, its allied functionaries and their followers in Media, security agencies and in other government run-offices were busy in blaming Islam and Muslim community for every single, big and small incident related to terrorism without checking the facts and following the clues. It was their great work. No one can deny their role in maligning Muslim community.

BJP’s hue and cry over P Chidambaram‘s statement on saffron terrorism is an effort to cover their terrorism. If today terrorism has no color except black, as Congress clarified with vote bank politics in mind, then why it was silent when Islam and whole Muslim community were being blamed for the menace.

Today, when the term of saffron terrorism or Hindu terrorism is being used, BJP disrupts Parliament. It used immoral ways to express their objection at associating terrorism to Hindutva groups. News channels offices were vandalized. At last, it tried to play its old and very important card saying that it is the insult of Hindu nation.

Modi, who has lost moral right to stay as chief minister of Gujarat where a large number of Indian citizens, most of them Muslims, were killed in riots or encountered later and where the Indian constitution was being paralyzed and where all doors of justice had been closed on Muslims and where a majority of Muslim youths were put into jail, says that Prime Minister should apologize for saffron terror remark. He forgets that his hand is colored with the blood of innocent Muslims.

Members of Bajrang Dal openly brandish weapons, but without any repercussions. [Photo Jammu News Agency]

As for associating the term terrorism to any community, Muslims’ views are very clear from the first day: This term should not be linked to any particular community or religion. There are no differences among Muslims on this in and outside of India.

The second thing is terrorism of Hindutva. Can BJP deny its role in damaging India’s communal harmony? Can BJP deny that various Hindutva groups as an organization or as an individual are involved in bomb blasts? Can BJP deny that those activists and workers who were killed during making bombs were associated with Sangh?

BJP and its leaders are themselves accused in Babri Masjid demolition case and in so many cases of communal violence.

The gravity of the heinous terror attacks carried out by Hindutva activists can be gauged with the fact that they not only targeted Muslim religious places but also used Muslim’s identity and leaved at the site of the attacks, proofs that could indicate to Muslim’s involvement.

Spreading hatred, creating gulf between communities, brainwashing uneducated Hindu youths and inciting them against particular community are very old and common tactics of the game they play.

Challenging court orders, raping constitutions, defying court orders, stopping police and administration form doing their jobs and using religious sentiments to achieve their hateful aim – they do all brazenly.

Their aim, objectives and task are very destructive. Their emergence and supporting them in their destructive role is very harmful to India’s security and its integrity.

Former BJP leader Rithambara with Malegaon bomb accused Pragya Thakur.

No doubt that their network is very strong and their hand is very long. Their political, social and religious groups are active in every corner to check what is happening there and how they can protect themselves from the grip of law. Their work is very old. Their communal minded people are very strong.

Indian security agencies have not been able to prove Muslim’s role in any bomb blast. Acquittal of Muslim boys by the court of charges of terror and waging war against India is a biggest proof.

The failure of Police and security enforcers in proving their charges shows clearly that their mind was set only against Muslims.

BJP banned SIMI when it was leading NDA government at center. The Court once acquitted this organization of the charges leveled against it. There are a large number of cases, in which Muslims came out clean but precious and most important moments of their life were ruined by BJP’s communal politics.

Saffron organizations, on the other hand, have been involved in violence from the first day and now they are involved in making bombs and executing bomb blasts. They used retired Indian army officers and personals for their destructive projects.

Fair investigation of some terrorist attacks confirms the role of Hindutva brigades while other attacks are in need to be investigated honestly not as a matter of Hindus and Muslims but for the sake of India’s integrity and its security.

At last, the important question is: Are Indian citizens ready to accept Hindutva terrorism and their communal project? Can India survive with existence of such destructive objectives? Is protection of Hindutva more important than India’s security?

How long saffron organizations will get free hand to bring bad name to the country? Today or tomorrow it will come into discussion and every Indian will be forced to think on that point.

Udaipur: Azam Khan, a key witness in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case was today shot at by two motorcycle-borne persons near Udai Sagar Lake here, a senior police official said.

Khan, 38, received bullet injuries in his left arm.

He was admitted to a government hospital here and his condition is stated to be out of danger, the SP said.

Khan was with his friend at the lakeside when the incident occurred, Narzari said.

The miscreants fled after firing two rounds. Khan’s friend was unhurt.

Over a dozen policemen, including IPS officers, have been arrested for the 2005 fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh. Former Gujarat minister of state for home Amit Shah is also an accused in the case.

Ram Puniyani

Image by Joe Athialy via Flickr

The book is essentially a compilation of articles and essays written by scholars and activists on the acts of terror indulged in by the Hindutva forces. The book intends on violating the myth that all terrorist acts are carried out only by Muslims.

This book brings out evidence of acts of terrorism carried out by Hindutva outfits from all over India. It will help us to critically reflect at terrorism and trend of branding and criminalizing a community. This book neatly puts terrorism into perspective along with exploring the complicit role of the state in a democracy in the perpetuation of such outfits and acts which leads to the stigmatization and discrimination against one community. It exposes the threat of the Hindutva outfits that are using systematized force and violence which proves detrimental to peace and communal violence.

Table of Contents

Preface

  1. In Lieu of Introduction: Terrorism: Scapegoats and Holy Cows

– Ram Puniyani

  1. Saffron Terror – Subhash Gatade
  2. Malegaon, Modassa and Mehrauli Blasts

– Subhash Gatade

  1. MOssad, CIA connection to Mumbai Terror attacks

– Yoginder Sikand

  1. And Now Hindu Terrorists

– Asghar Ali Engineer

  1. Resurgent Hindutva Terror in Goa

– Subhash Gatade

  1. Jehadi and Sadhvi

– Ram Puniyani

  1. Rise of Hindutva Terrorism

– Praveen Swami

  1. Madhay Pradesh: Refuge of terrorists

– L.S. Hardenia

  1. Is RSS a Terrorist Organization

– Ram Puniyani

  1. From Murder Mystery to Spy Thriller: The Continuing Saga of The Mumbai Terror Attacks

– Raveena Hansa

  1. Book Review; Who killed Karkare: Real Face of Terrorism in India

– M. Zeyaul Haque

Appendix

1.1  A report on the attack on RSS Headquarters in Nagpur June 2006:

– Justice Kolse Patil, Dr. Suresh Khairnar

1.2  A report on bomb blast at the house of prominent RSS activist in Nanded, Maharashtra

– by Dr. Suresh Khairnar, Ahmad Kadar and Arvind Ghosh, Secular Citizen’s Forum & PUCL, Nagpur, May 2006