It was not exactly a demand for a white paper on terrorism, but the BJP did say that the government at the Centre must publish the entire data related to terrorist attacks since 2004.

That would of course, leave out terrorist attacks on the country during the National Democratic Alliance rule.

In his opening address to the party's national executive committee here on Saturday, BJP president Nitin Gadkari demanded the government publish details of all investigations completed, cases filed and convictions obtained in terrorist attacks since 2004. He also wanted details on relief and rehabilitation of terror victims. Party insiders here are connecting this demand to the recent progress made in the Malegaon, Mecca Masjid, Ajmer Sharief and Samjhauta Express blasts. In each of these cases the anti-terrorism squads have zeroed in on Hindutva connections of the accused and other suspects. The most recent is the confession from Aseemanand, a sadhu working in the Dangs area of Gujarat, about his role in the attack on the Samjhauta Express.

BJP leaders are accusing the government of going after “Hindu terrorists” and giving the entire community a bad name. Yet, not one party leader was prepared to say the investigating agencies were falsely booking those connected with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and related outfits. The party's charge is that while Muslim terrorists are treated with kindness: Afzal Guru given the death sentence in the Parliament attack case is yet to be hanged; in the same case, Shaukat Guru was let off early from jail for good conduct; Hindus are being questioned for their role in various terror attacks.

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