Human Rights

Aseemanand’s arrest creates panic in Gujarat


Ahmadabad/Surat: Swami Aseemanand’s arrest has created panic among many who had been active in Shabridham activities or who had made munificient financial support to the ashram. Industrialists of Surat who had donated generously are in a state of bewilderment. In case their money was utilised in bomb blasts they are likely to face music.

Textile industrialists in the Pandesara locality of Gujarat had actively participated in “Reconversion” drive in the Daangs. Keshubhai Patel as chief minister and Hiren Pandya as home minister had patronised shabridham. When Atal Bihari Vajpayee, as Prime Minister, had visited Daangs, because of political rivalry he (Aseemanand) was not introduced to Vajpaee. Four to six industrialists hailing from Rajasthan, Punjab and Hariyana had contributed generously to Shabridham funds. Now they feel scared fearing that their links with Aseemanand shall be exposed. Though there was a time when they used to feel privileged in getting themselves photographed with the Swami. The CBI has in its possession photographs of these industrialists. Many are spending sleepless nights.

It is believed that all the extremists after successfully completing their “missions” used to find refuge in Shabridham. Though after Pragya Singh Thakur’s arrest people had begun absconding from Daangs and only those who had to discharge routine duties at the ashram remained there. Others got scattered to safe havens. Rajasthan and Maharashtra ATS might have taken cognisance of these persons, however, their recent whereabouts are yet to be ascertained.

Many have gone underground fearing an imminent arrest. Those who are directly linked with the blasts are hiding in Navsari, Surat, Vapi and Balsar. ATS squads have begun searching them in Bharuch and Vadodara too.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2010 on page no. 11

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