Maharashtra’s Home Minister, R.R. Patil, has said there was “some truth’’ to allegations that right-wing organisations had conspired to kill Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief, Mohan Bhagwat.
Patil said this in the state Assembly on Thursday in response to Nationalist Congress Party’s Thane legislator Jitendra Awhad’s allegations that organisations such as Abhinav Bharat and Sanatan Sanstha had plotted with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to kill Bhagwat.
“They did not think Bhagwat was hardline enough to carry forward the Hindutva agenda,” Awhad said. “They, along with some others, had hatched a murder plot. They had links with the ISI and even carried out blasts in Goa, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Ajmer.”
Patil told the Assembly that though there was no direct information about a plot to murder Bhagwat, the Maharashtra police had tapes of conversation among the accused, in which they made derogatory remarks about Bhagwat. “They said he was incapable of carrying the Hindutva agenda forward. He had risen in the ranks without any capabilities,” Patil told journalists outside Vidhan Bhawan. “There was bitterness about Bhagwat.’’
Members of Abhinav Bharat, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Colonel Prasad Purohit, are being tried for carrying out the 2008 Malegaon blasts that killed four persons.
Patil also said those responsible for the Pune blasts were “in sight” and will be nabbed soon.