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Mr. Tariq Anwar, it’s your NCP in Maharashtra which has done the greatest damage to Muslim image

A former IG Police and a prominent human rights activist poses some hard questions to the Union Minister Mr Tariq Anwar whose article appeared on this [cover] page in our previous issue [16-31 March 2013]
By S.M. Mushrif

It is surprising that an article like “Where is the Indian Mujahideen Headquarters?” should come, as it did, from a political leader like Mr. Tariq Anwar, whose party has been handling the sensitive Home portfolio in the coalition ministry in Maharashtra, the police of which has been discredited the most doing the maximum damage to the Muslim image by falsely implicating innocent Muslim boys in bomb blast cases. And, ironically enough, it is the same Maharashtra Police, which has been doing its best to keep under wraps the skeletons of Sangh Parivar’s nationwide terror conspiracy aimed at knocking down the Constitution and establishing the “Aryavart Hindu Rashtra” based on the tenets of “Smritis” (including ‘Manu Smriti’) and Vedas.

Whom is Mr. Anwar blaming for the present state of affairs? Either he is blissfully ignorant of what has been happening around or he is feigning to be so. In either case, this doesn’t behove a national leader of a political party. I am curious to know how much he really knows about the activities of the Maharashtra police and how much control the NCP Home Minister wields over that department:


(1)    Does he know,
(i)    That the same K.P. Raghuvanshi, whom Mr. Anwar has accused of working in association with Lt. Col. Purohit, has been posted by the Government of Maharashtra as the Commissioner of Police, Thane city, a year and a half ago.
(ii)    That it was the same Raghuvanshi who had arrested nine innocent Muslim boys in Malegaon 2006 blast case and made them suffer incarceration for five long years before the NIA found them innocent and allowed them to be released on bail in 2011.
(iii)    That it was under the stewardship of the same K.P. Raghuvanshi that false and fabricated investigation was done in the Mumbai suburban train blast case of 2006, the trial of which in the court is suffering from hiccups at every stage.
(iv)    That it was the same K.P. Raghuvanshi who had invited Lt. Col. Purohit for assisting in the investigation of a huge haul of explosives and arms near Aurangabad in 2006, knowing fully well that Purohit himself could be the main culprit in that case.
(v)    That the same K.P. Raghuvanshi gave a clean chit to Smt. Himani Savarkar, who had presided over the meeting of Abhinav Bharat in Bhopal in which the conspiracy of Malegaon 2008 blast was hatched.
(vi)    That it was again he who did not arrest a senior former I.B. officer who had imparted arms-training to the RSS and Bajrang Dal terrorists at Bhonsala Military School, Nagpur in 2002.
(vii)    That it was Raghuvanshi who did not arrest two chemistry professors of Pune, Dr. Sharad Dighe and Dr. Deo who had trained the RSS and Bajrang Dal terrorists involved in Nanded, Parbhani, Jalna and Purna blasts in preparing chemical bombs.
(viii) That, surprisingly, the same K.P. Raghuvanshi was again appointed as the Chief of ATS Maharashtra by the state Home Ministry headed by R.R. Patil of the NCP, within hours of the killing of Mr. Hemant Karkare in the Mumbai terror attack of 26 November 2008.
(ix)    That K.P. Raghuvanshi, fully lived upto the expectations of his masters and dutifully accomplished the task assigned to him, i.e., of suppressing (or destroying) the sensitive and sensational information of the nationwide anti-national conspiracy of the Sangh Parivar contained in the three laptops recovered by Hemant Karkare from Lt. Col. Purohit and Dayanand Pandey.

(2)    Does Mr Anwar know:
(i)    That the Maharashtra Government has posted equally dubious police officer, Rakesh Maria, as Raghuvanshi’s successor in the ATS Maharashtra.
(ii)    That following in the footsteps of K.P. Raghuvanshi and with the help of the ATS team trained by Lt. Col. Purohit during Raghuvanshi’s tenure, Mr. Maria has been doing false and fabricated investigation into the blast cases which took place during his tenure.
(iii)    That during the investigation of July 2011 blasts in the commercial hub of Mumbai, Maria’s ATS drove away NIA team from Mumbai, only because it was not swallowing the ATS (and IB) theory of Muslims involvement and was bent upon doing the correct and honest investigation.
(iv)    That the investigation of German Bakery blast case (2010) of Pune was so stupidly manipulated by the ATS, under Maria’s supervision, that the investigation officer of the case made a laughing stock of himself during the course of his deposition in the court.
(v)    That in Pune’s Jangli Maharaj Road blast case of August 2012, one Dayanand Patil, who was carrying a bag containing explosives which exploded before being planted, was made to disappear by the ATS under Maria, and some innocent Muslim boys were caught on suspicion by the Special Cell of Delhi police, the most trusted stooge of the IB, which has been currently playing the role of ad hoc NCTC.
(vi)    That the same Mr. Rakesh Maria is not only eyeing for the prestigious post of Mumbai Police Commissioner, superseding many senior officers, but also being secretly tipped for that post by the NCP Home Minister.
(3)    Does he know that the Maharashtra Government has not taken any action against the Bhonsala Military Schools of Nagpur and Nashik where terror training camps of RSS, Bajrang Dal and Abhinav Bharat were held and bomb-blast conspiracies were hatched?

(4)    Does he know that the bombs exploded at Margaon (Goa) in October 2009 were assembled in Pune (Maharashtra) but no thorough inquiry and investigation has been made in the matter?

(5)    Does he know that a SIM card actually used at the time of 2008 Batla House encounter of Delhi, was traced to a village in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, which, if probed deep, would have led the police to the real conspirators of the fake encounter; but only a case of forgery and cheating was made out and investigated; no call-records obtained and analysed.

(6)    Does he know that a PIL, challenging the investigation of Mumbai terror attack case of 26/11, of which Rakesh Maria was the supervisory officer, is still pending in the Bombay High Court and the Government of Maharashtra and Government of India have not been able to file their replies for over two and a half years inspite of the Court’s repeated directions?

The reason for the state of affairs in Maharashtra is not far to seek and fathom. For decades together the NCP (and the Congress) have been taking Muslim support in Maharashtra for granted (thanks to Shivsena), with the result, they do not take any Muslim issue seriously and leave even serious matter like terrorism to the police. Add to this the present NCP Home Minister Mr. R. R. Patil is an extremely gullible person who can be easily taken for granted. Taking advantage of this situation, a coterie of some high profile IPS officers (especially from outside Maharashtra) have completely ‘captured him. He accepts any cock and bull story put up by this coterie as a gospel truth and does not interfere in their work. Senior NCP leaders of Maharashtra also do not ‘interfere’ in the Home Ministry except when there are political issues at stake. This fact has been taken full advantage of by IB who with the help of their stooges in Maharashtra police have been carrying out their anti-Muslim agenda freely. The coterie of Maharashtra Police know that by doing illegal things at the dictates of IB, they lose nothing, but gain everything including plum postings. Thus the IB had a field day in Maharashtra with the result that Maharashtra has become the most unsafe and vulnerable place for Muslims.      

And strangely enough (my Muslim brethren will forgive me for saying so), the most safe place for Muslims today is Gujarat, only because its Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has “banned” entry to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in Gujarat. After spending more than 40 years in the RSS, Mr. Modi has now understood the games the hardcore elements in the RSS have been playing in the guise of the IB. After ‘banning’ IB, the Muslim atrocities in Gujarat have stopped. That is what is required to be done if we want to put a full stop to fake encounters, false terror attacks, their fabricated investigations and arrests of innocent Muslim boys.

The same was the case of Bihar under Lalu Prasad Yadav. During his tenure, not a single terror attack took place in Bihar, though it was taunted as the worst-policed state.

The IB did not dare do any terror activity in Lalu’s Bihar as it was apprehensive that a person of robust common sense like Lalu Prasad Yadav, would raise some queries which they would be hard put to it to answer.

My intention of giving the above examples is to underscore the dubious role the IB has been playing in all sensitive matters in the country. Unfortunately, very few politicians and social activists are aware of this ground reality. Therefore, the need of the hour, according to me, is to make the politicians “IB-literate”.

The writer is a former IGP, Maharashtra and author of
Who Killed Karkare?-The Real face of terrorism in India

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

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