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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].

Blast cloud on RSS outreach Pracharak

A senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh pracharak assigned to reach out to Muslims has been mentioned in the Ajmer dargah blast chargesheet as a conspirator. Indresh Kumar, a Sangh national executive member, is in charge of the outfit’s Rashtriya Muslim Morcha and has been involved in back- channel talks with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board for a negotiated Ayodhya settlement.

The 806-page chargesheet  says Indresh and seven other Hindu radical leaders met secretly in Jaipur on October 31, 2005, and plotted the blasts at Ajmer Sharif, Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid and Malegaon.

Rajasthan police sources said Indresh had not technically been named as an accused because further investigations were on to establish his role in the blast, which killed three persons at the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti on October 11, 2007.

The development comes at a time the Sangh has been disowning those accused in the “Hindu terror” blasts, many of them linked to a radical outfit called Abhinav Bharat.

“It’s a political conspiracy…. I will fight this injustice in court,” Indresh said.  But Sangh sources who spoke to him conceded he had not categorically denied his presence at the meeting. Sangh spokesperson Ram Madhav initially said the accusation was “far from the truth” and would be challenged in court, but later issued a toned-down statement: “We do not believe in such violent activities and will definitely cooperate with the investigators.”

Former RSS chief KC Sudershan today charged Congress with hatching a conspiracy to defame the Hindu organisation asserting RSS leader Indresh Kumar was not involved in any anti-national activitiy, former

The imperative of keeping the Bihar coalition with Nitish Kumar intact prompted the BJP to distance itself from Indresh without disowning him. “The BJP will react only if there is credible evidence. It is more appropriate for the RSS to react,” spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari alleged the Sangh had always worked to “disturb communal amity” and the chargesheet was “a manifestation of its direction right from the beginning”.

The chargesheet, filed by Rajasthan police’s anti-terrorism squad at the court of the Ajmer additional chief judicial magistrate, says the secret meeting took place at room No. 26 of a Gujarati community guesthouse on Jaipur’s M.I. Road.

It says Indresh was the chief speaker and urged the others to carry out their individual assignments while remaining affiliated with religious organisations to stay under the police radar.

The others at the meeting included several prime accused in the Mecca Masjid, Malegaon and Ajmer blasts: Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Ramji Kalsangra, Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange and Sunil Joshi, who died recently.

Devendra is one of the five accused in the Ajmer chargesheet and is in judicial custody with two of the others: Lokesh Sharma and Chandra Shekhar. They are all linked with Abhinav Bharat and have been charged with murder, criminal conspiracy and defiling a place of worship. The other two accused, Dange and Kalsangra, are in hiding. Arguments on the chargesheet will be heard from Tuesday.

The BJP fears that the Congress and the Lalu Prasad-Ram Vilas Paswan combine will use Indresh’s name in the Bihar poll campaign to play on Muslims’ fears about the Sangh.

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