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UPA wakes up to saffron terror, eight years too late

Finally, Union Home Minister Mr Sushil Kumar Shinde mustered the courage to say at Jaipur what India has officially known for at least the last four years since Martyr Hemant Karkare, the then chief of Maharashtra ATS, exposed the vast secret network of Hindutva terrorists in 2008 while investigating the Malegaon blast of that year. But we, the victims, had known this much before that when our mosques, graveyards, dargahs and localities were attacked, when we were killed and injured but we were arrested at the same time by the dozens and tortured in custody to obtain fake confessions... Earlier, too, the then Home Minister Mr Chidambaram had referred to the “saffron terror” on 25 August 2010 and Wikileaks had disclosed in December that same year that Mr Rahul Gandhi told the American ambassador in Delhi that saffron terror is “a bigger threat” than Lashkar-e Toiba (Indian Express, 18 December 2010).  

It is no exaggeration that the saffron terror is the most lethal form of terror faced by India because this terror not only vitiates the communal peace and amity in the country but, most importantly, seeks to overthrow our secular system and abolish our secular constitution. The secret video recordings of Col. Purohit’s terror group, which are in the possession of the government and are part of the Malegaon chargesheet filed by ATS chief Hemant Karkare, amply prove this. Moreover, those recordings of their meetings and other papers also prove that this group was in contact with two foreign governments, viz. Nepal under the then King Gyanendra and Israel. This also shows that the aims and objects of  Hindutva terror are far more serious and lethal than any other terror group in India. It simply seeks to overturn the Indian secular polity and establish a Hindu Rashtra governed by Manu’s laws with all the evils of the caste system and inbuilt injustices against women and dalits and supremacy of certain classes.

Yet, despite all this evidence at hand, the UPA government wasted so many precious years in probing sure leads to saffron terror across the country. People in the IB, like the former IB chief and later National Security Advisor who is now holidaying in the Kolkata raj bhavan, scuttled probe in the right direction. A year ago a police chief had told Police Chiefs conference in Delhi that saffron terror is being probed in 16 blast cases out of which four have been confirmed.

We hope against hope that now, at the fag end of UPA II, investigations and court proceedings will be expedited and the real culprits who plan, finance and direct Hindutva terror, are exposed, nabbed and sentenced. Those who have been nabbed so far are the expendable lower rung workers who actually plant bombs. It is particularly worrying that persons like Indresh Kumar and Praveen Togadia, whose names appear in the Malegaon and Ajmer blasts chargesheets, have not even been interrogated till date. Outfits like Abhinav Bharat, Sanatan Sanstha, Bajrang Dal, Arya Sena, Sri Ram Sene etc etc have not been touched. Terror training centres like  Bhonsla Military School of Nasik and Pune and the Akanksha Resort of Pune have not been probed and the thousands of Hindutva terrorists who received arms and explosives training in these and other camps over many years are still at large free to undertake their terrorist activities with impunity. It is also strange that BJP-ruled states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka where these terrorists find safe haven, have not been taken to task. Moreover, UPA has failed to detoxify the Police and Intelligence personnel who have been infiltrated by saffron elements who, in turn, facilitate and cover up saffron terror activities.

It is our considered opinion that what has been exposed of the vast saffron terror network so far is just the tip of the iceberg. A high judicial probe is required into all the terror incidents which took place since the BJP came to power in certain states and later at the Central level in the wake of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992. Only such a high-level unbiased probe will uncover the reality of terrorism in India.     

Zafarul-Islam Khan

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2013 on page no. 1

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