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‘Intelligence agencies are reluctant to recognise the reality'

‘Several Muslims are tortured and kept in custody for seven months'

‘Both Abhinav Bharat and Sanathan Sanstha expound militaristic Hindutva'

NEW DELHI: Accusing the United Progress Alliance government of not being firm in dealing with Hindutva terror organisations, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has demanded a coordinated probe into all bomb blasts in which their involvement is suspected.

An editorial in the party organ, People's Democracy, said the intelligence agencies were reluctant to recognise this reality as they were “fixated on terrorism emanating from Muslim extremism.”

Otherwise, the investigation into the horrific Samjhauta Express blast would not have reached a dead-end. The target was the train to Pakistan filled with Muslims. “Yet, stories were planted of extremist groups from Pakistan being responsible for this gruesome attack.”

On the other hand, the preconceived notion in the security agencies of “Muslim terrorism” was glaringly evident in the Hyderabad Mecca Masjid blast investigations. Several Muslims were tortured and kept in custody for seven months. In the Ajmer blast case too, the police initially announced the arrest of a Muslim. “The latest revelation should bring about a correction in the approach of the police and security agencies.” Making its case for a coordinated probe into all cases involving the Hindutva terror outfits, the CPI(M) pointed out that three persons arrested for the Ajmer Sharief Dargah blast (2007) were linked to the Abhinav Bharat, said to be behind the Malegaon blast (2008). Their involvement was also suspected in the Mecca Masjid blast (2007) as the SIM card found in Ajmer belonged to the same batch used to trigger the Hyderabad blast.

It further linked them to two Bajrang Dal activists killed while making bombs in Nanded, Maharashtra, in 2006. They were also allegedly responsible for bombing a mosque and some activists from this cell left their signature in attacks at Jalna and Purna in 2003. However, no serious effort was made to link the culprits with Hindutva organisations.

With the exposure of the Abhinav Bharat and the Goa-based Sanathan Sanstha's bomb-making activities in Goa, it is no longer possible to deny that Hindutva terrorism is a reality. Both the Abhinav Bharat and the Sanathan Sanstha expound a militaristic Hindutva spewing hatred against Muslims, says the editorial.

It recalled that one of the suspects in the Abhinav Bharat case was Swami Asimanand, who operates in the Dangs district of Gujarat and is lionised by the Sangh combine for his virulent anti-Christian campaign. Curiously, neither the Maharashtra nor Rajasthan police had been able to arrest him.

Terrorist attacks

“The terrorist attacks in Malegaon, Hyderabad and Ajmer must be seen as the handiwork of a network of Hindutva extremist groups. They are a mirror image of their Muslim counterparts. What is required therefore is a coordinated investigation into all these attacks. It is inexplicable why the cases involving the Hindutva terrorist attacks have not been handed over for investigation by the newly set up National Investigation Agency,” said the CPI(M).

“Hopefully, the latest revelations regarding the Ajmer and Hyderabad blasts will end this pusillanimous approach.”

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