RSS: Purohit, Pandey were plotting to kill our leaders

Letter asks PM to probe “conspiracy” to defame outfit

Updated - October 10, 2016 02:45 am IST

Published - February 12, 2011 03:23 am IST - NEW DELHI

Alleging that there is a “political conspiracy” to defame the organisation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to institute an impartial and independent probe to unearth it.

The move comes against the backdrop of a series of attacks involving what has been termed “saffron terror.”

The RSS has complained that there have been “deliberate attempts even to pervert and politicise” the ongoing investigations into the bomb blasts at Malegaon, Ajmer and Hyderabad and cast aspersions on the organisation.

In a rare letter addressed to Dr. Singh, RSS leader Suresh Joshi has said attempts to link the 2008 Malegaon mosque blast case accused to the organisation militate against facts.

Far from having any connection with the RSS, the main accused, Col. Purohit, and Dayanand Pandey, were simultaneously plotting to eliminate Mohanrao Bhagwat, then RSS general secretary (now Sarsanghachalak) and senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar, the letter contended.

Releasing copies of the letter at a news conference here on Friday, RSS leader Manmohan Vaidya claimed that the charge sheet filed by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad had enough evidence to prove that the main accused were working against the RSS and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Asked why the organisation waited for long to demand an independent probe into the links and motives of the accused, Dr. Vaidya said the RSS had “in good faith” hoped that the Maharashtra and Central governments would pursue the Malegaon case without bias.

The letter said the ATS failed to investigate the confession by the main accused of their plot to target the RSS leaders, and said the independent probe should uncover the political agenda of Col. Purohit, Pandey and their associates. There was a political background to the campaign against the RSS and for the past year and more a senior Congress general secretary had been viciously campaigning against what he called “saffron terror.”

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