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CPI(M) for probe into Sangh Parivar's role

Attacking the Centre for its "failure" to intervene in Orissa, the CPI(M) today demanded an "impartial" probe into involvement of Sangh Parivar outfits in "terror" activities.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2008 16:09 IST

Attacking the Centre for its "failure" to intervene in Orissa, the CPI(M) on Monday demanded an "impartial" probe into involvement of Sangh Parivar outfits in "terror" activities with the "same degree of intensity" as in the case of "Muslim terrorist actions".

Senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said the recent spate of terrorist attacks in Muslim-dominated areas have raised "genuine suspicions of a Hindu hardline response to some Muslim terrorist actions".

Citing probe into 2003 blasts in Parbani Jalna and Jalgaon, 2005 blasts in Mau of UP, 2006 blasts in Nanded, 2008 blasts in Tenkasi and Kanpur, he said, "investigations in the past few years have noted the involvement of Bajrang Dal or other RSS outfits in various bomb blast cases.

"Internal security of our country can be strengthened only when all such cases are also probed impartially and with the same degree of intensity... Action against Bajrang Dal under the Unlawful Activities Act must be initiated," Yechury told a meeting of the National Integration Council here.

Noting that all efforts to combat terrorism must be strengthened, Yechury said these activities must be conducted in "utmost impartially" and organisations and individuals found to indulge in terrorism must be dealt with the same yardstick irrespective of their religion.

"No persecution, as widely perceived by the Muslim minority, should be permitted," he said.

Alleging that the Centre has "failed to intervene" in Orissa despite six weeks of continuous attacks against Christians in Orissa, the senior CPI(M) leader demanded the invocation of Article 355 against Orissa and Karnataka governments.

With the economic divide between the rich and the poor widening, Yechury said, the scramble between social groups in the country has intensified adversely affecting both social justice and national integration.

"The earlier slogans of 'sons of soils' are finding newer expressions in the current chauvinistic campaign in Maharashtra," he said.

On the sudden spurt in terrorist attacks in the country, the CPI(M) leader said that security and intelligence gathering apparatus should be strengthened and the question of modernisation of police and other security forces must be addressed soon.

"There is also an urgent need to take stringent measures to ensure that terrorist and militant outfits do not use facilities beyond our borders for conducting their anti-national activities," he said.

It is also being widely believed that one of the causes of the recent spate of terror attacks is the "real and perceived injustice felt by religious minorities in the country, Yechury said.

"Such sharpening of communal polarisation for political gains only feeds the impermissible terroristic response. While terrorism is simply unacceptable and must be combated, this needs to be done on the basis of impeccable impartiality by the organs of the state," he added.