RSS offices used to plan terror attacks: NIA
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe has thrown many alleged instances wherein the offices of the RSS are believed to have been used by the right-wing extremists to plot terror activities. Rajesh Ahuja reports.delhi Updated: Jan 25, 2013 11:20 IST
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe has thrown many alleged instances wherein the offices of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are believed to have been used by the right-wing extremists to plot terror activities.
Investigators allege that in May 2006, senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar had met right-wing terror kingpin Sunil Joshi in the Nagpur office of Sangh.
"Sunil Joshi further informed Asimanand that he along with Bharat Bhai (a witness in the Samjhuata case, who was later chargesheeted in the Ajmer Sharif case) went to Nagpur and met Indresh who gave him R50,000 to procure explosives and other material," said the chargesheet in the Samjhauta case.
Indresh is not an accused in the any of the right-wing terror cases but his role is under scanner.
"These are all fictional accounts. Prior probes running into 3500 pages, including narco test of SIMI leader Safdar Nagori, government's own dossier to Pakistan on Samjhauta blast and UN Security Council resolution on Lashkar financer Arif Qasmani have been discarded," said lawyer Meenakshi Lekhi on behalf of Indresh.
When investigators spoke to Bharat Bhai, he accepted visiting the 'RSS Karylaya in Nagpur' to meet Indresh along with Sunil Joshi.
"Indresh gave Rs 50,000 to Manoj (alias Sunil Joshi) and they discussed something in low voice. When I asked Manoj about the money, he told me that Indreshji had given money for some special task," said Bharat Bhai.
There are two more instances which point to the alleged nexus. Sunil Joshi and his two associates were seen by a witness experimenting with detonators at a RSS office in Dungergaon in Madhya Pradesh in 1999.
While in connection with Ajmer Sharif blasts, a lot of meetings took place in the RSS office of Mihijam in Jharkhand.
Although Sunil Joshi was murdered on December 29, 2007, by his own men at Dewas in Madhya Pradesh, a witness Sheetal Gehlot has told investigators that after Joshi's murder two bags containing pistol, rods with electric wires around them were kept at RSS Karyalaya in Dewas. Ramji, a key accused who is on the run, picked one of the bags later while the other bag was thrown in the Narmada.
"At no level, any functionary of the RSS was involved in any terror activities. The loopholes in the probes make us disbelieve the whole investigation. We have full faith in the judiciary," said Ram Madhav, spokesman of RSS.
NCP asks BJP to come clean
The NCP on Thursday demanded the details of a meeting between LK Advani and Fazl-ur-Rehman, Pakistan leader, held in 2005. Along with Advani, other senior BJP-RSS brass had attended the meeting. “I think everyone would like to know what was discussed between Rehman, a Taliban sympathiser and Advani at the RSS headquarters in Delhi. What are their links with such people?’’ said NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik. HTC, mumbai