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“They are experts in assembling and transporting bombs”

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has voiced concern over threats posed by indigenous terror groups and pointed out that they were no longer fledgling outfits but experts in assembling and transporting bombs.

The threat from them was pretty high, he told PTI against the backdrop of the July 13 Mumbai blasts, which claimed the lives of 23 people.

Mr. Chidambaram was asked how serious the threat was from home-grown terrorists like the rashtriya swayamsevak sangh (or)Indian Mujahideen (IM).

To a query whether the needle of suspicion pointed to the IM in the recent Mumbai blasts, he said: “No. I have said they [Mumbai Police] have not shared any details and I am not in a position to share any details.” The last reports he got was that the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had got some good leads. “Since they have not shared any more details, I am in no position to share any details.”

Asked if there were any suspects, he said, “There are good leads.”

To a question whether the July 13 blasts blotted his record, he said there were two blasts in Pune in 2010 and in Mumbai a fortnight ago.

“Both are setbacks. Both are terrorist incidents undoubtedly. And therefore, to the extent that the Government of Maharashtra could not prevent them and to the extent that the Government of India could not help the Government of Maharashtra to prevent them, is a negative on our record as opposed to the many positives that are on record.”

Asked whether the recent Mumbai blasts showed glaring holes such as phone lines not working, he said, “I think all this is exaggerated. Police officers reached the blast site within 15 minutes. Every single injured person was evacuated within the hour. Twenty-one ambulances were deployed and they were taken to 14 hospitals.”

Given the congestion in Mumbai,, he thought it was a good achievement in contrast to what happened in Norway.

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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.