We are a law-abiding organisation: RSS
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh brass deplored “attempts” to involve the Sangh and other Hindu bodies in acts of terrorism in the name of the “so-called Hindu terror”, reports Shekhar Iyer.delhi Updated: Nov 23, 2008 00:10 IST
A day after BJP leader LK Advani was briefed by National Security Adviser MK Narayanan on the Malegaon blast case, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) brass deplored “attempts” to involve the Sangh and other Hindu bodies in acts of terrorism in the name of the “so-called Hindu terror”.
“It is an article of faith for the RSS that it will never sponsor or support any form of violence,” said RSS number three Madan Das Devi in a statement.
“Being a law-abiding organisation committed to peace and harmony, we took a principled stand that the investigations into the case must be conducted thoroughly and professionally and truth must be brought out.”
Advani told an election rally in Vidhisha, Madhya Pradesh, on Saturday that a Maharashtra government report about a plot to kill top RSS leaders by Hindu groups — first reported by HT — was “ridiculous”. He wanted a “proper probe” by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).
Referring to the same plot, Devi said the ATS had brought in a new dimension that gave rise to suspicion that “this information is part of a design to divert the nation’s attention from the massive failure of the agencies in the Malegoan probe”.
Meanwhile, the Hindu Mahasabha, which opposes the RSS, said it did not support terrorism by anyone and accused the BJP of “encashing” on Hindu sentiments by coming out in support of the Malegaon accused.
Devi, RSS deputy general secretary, said: “We would’ve liked the ATS to further probe this matter. Instead, it chose to leak the matter to sections of media. The governments are obliged to protect all citizens. Hence, this kind of information, if it was available with the government, should have called for immediate action. There was no such initiative form the government’s side.”
What the RSS objected to, Devi said, was the campaign that there existed Hindu terror vis-à-vis jehadi terror. “The purpose of this campaign is to support, if not justify, the actions of jehadi terrorists and hide the failure of the government in combating terrorism.”
Devi cautioned the government against “political expediency” on terror as it would prove costly for security and integrity. He took umbrage at “deliberate leakage of narco reports making baseless allegations like senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar’s involvement with the ISI”.