‘Have clinching evidence of RSS training people to make bombs’
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh reiterated on Sunday that he had clinching evidence of the RSS’ involvement in training people in bomb-making.delhi Updated: Jul 24, 2011 23:40 IST
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh reiterated on Sunday that he had clinching evidence of the RSS’ involvement in training people in bomb-making. He also accused the Madhya Pradesh government of interfering with the police probe, rejecting the charge that he was ‘communalising’ terror.
Singh, however, denied that he had said Hindu outfits could be responsible for the Mumbai blasts, accusing the media of misreporting his statements.
The senior Congress leader also admitted that Congress president Sonia Gandhi had ticked him off when he had criticised home minister P Chidambaram’s Maoist policy in an article, adding that he then personally apologised to him.
Singh told Karan Thapar in ‘Devil’s Advocate’ on CNN-IBN that the MP Police arrested RSS activists for throwing bombs in Mhow in 2002, and the RSS workers were killed making bombs in Nanded in 2006 and Kanpur in 2008.
“I have evidence of Sangh involvement… video-recorded evidence where they accepted it. I have names on my mobile…. It is clinching evidence,” he said.
The Congress general secretary said RSS activist Sunil Joshi was involved in the Mhow case, and he was later killed by his own partymen.
Singh said the Madhya Pradesh government was interfered in the probe, adding that he told Chidambaram about it. The case was later transferred to the National Investigation Agency.
Denying charges of communalising terror, Singh alleged that it was BJP leader LK Advani who did so. “I absolutely reject this charge. People like Advani have communalised it. He went with PM’s delegation when Maharashtra ATS arrested Shreekant Purohit, Pragya Thakur, Dayanand Pandey and others in the Malegaon blast.”
Singh, however, denied that he had said Hindu outfits could be behind the Mumbai blast, saying, “I just repeated what the home minister said, that we cannot rule out any possibility. I have not mentioned Hindu outfits. Show me the byte. I am being misquoted.”
On what he thought about Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari’s distancing himself from his remarks, Singh said: “I wish he had seen my statement… I said let us not interfere with the investigation.”
Asked if his controversial statements were bringing Rahul Gandhi a bad name as he was his advisor, the AICC general secretary said, “I am neither an advisor nor a mentor to Rahul Gandhiji. Who has said that? None in my party has told me.”
First Published: Jul 24, 2011 23:30 IST