Torture to Indresh? BJP hesitating to join protests?

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will on Wednesday stage rallies in defence of one of its leaders involved in the Ajmer blast case and against what it termed as the Congress-led central government’s anti-RSS and anti-Hindu religion politics [RSS to stage nationwide protest].   

RSS today charged investigating agencies probing the Ajmer Dargah blast of subjecting a senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar, named in the chargesheet in the case, “to physical and mental torture”, despite extending full cooperation to them. Referring to Kumar “whose name has been dragged into the chargesheet, citing a meeting”, RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav alleged at a press meet here that though Kumar had fully cooperated with the Anti Terrorist Squad, Rajasthan, “they subjected him to physical and mental torture and indulged in unacceptable method of investigation”. He said RSS would take legal steps on the matter in course of time but refused to divulge further details, saying “we want the investigation to take place in a non-political atmosphere”. [RSS alleges torture to Indresh Kumar

Meanwhile, it is reported that BJP can’t make up its mind on joining an RSS dharna on November 10 to protests. Asked if it would join the demonstration, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad was silent. The Sangh’s Ram Madhav, however, said “anybody is free to join the protests as individual swayamsevaks”.

A political aide to BJP president Nitin Gadkari — who owes his position to the RSS — said the leader was himself undecided. The lack of clarity, he appeared to suggest, was uncharacteristic given the alacrity seen in the past. Madan Das Devi, the all-India pracharak pramukh and an informal interface between the Sangh and the BJP, said he hadn’t heard from the BJP. “It’s up to the BJP. I am still awaiting word from their leaders.”

A BJP source disclosed that the view so far was that the party should confine itself to issuing supportive statements without getting proactive. “At least, the top leaders think we should not involve ourselves in such tricky situation [BJP in fix over Sangh protest].

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