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Masks snatched: Hindutva extremists exposed

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New Delhi: New facts are emerging day-after-day during the investigations about demolitions of places of worship of minority communities while targeting the people of these communities. Among those arrested so far are Swami Aseemanand, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Col. Shrisant Prasad Purohit. However, a leading news channel (http://www.zeenews.com/news693371.html) has claimed that they are not the real faces of Hindutva terrorism - they are merely pawns in the hands of the key players.

In its disclosure the channel, Zee News, has claimed Alok Kumar had assigned various bomb operations to Swami Aseemanand, Sadhvi Pragya Singh as well as elimination of Sangh pracharakk Sunil Joshi. According to this source Alok Kumar met Swami Aseemanand first in 2005 in the Daangs region of Gujarat where he planned the conspiracy. From the very beginning he had become the commander of the extremist groups supervising operations in J&K, Himachal Pradesh, MP, Rajasthan, Punjab, Delhi and UP. He had also undertaken recruitment of volunteers in Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi and had also imparted training to them. In addition, he is believed to have attended the training camp held at Panchmarhi in Madhya Pradesh organised by Col. Purohit. Later on, the group received foreign support through Nepali associates, whereas funds at the national level were raised by Swami Aseemanand.

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2011 on page no. 9

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