nationwide protests against Hindu terror tag
Wednesday November 10, 2010 03:18:41 PM,
Hundreds of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activists, led by
their top leaders, Wednesday staged protests in several places
across India against the central government's alleged "political
conspiracy" to link the group to terror activities.
Protests were held in various state capitals and district
headquarters, RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav told IANS.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat led the protestors in Lucknow while
general secretary Suresh Joshi addressed a rally in Hyderabad.
Demonstrations were also held across Punjab, Haryana and Orissa.
In Delhi, MPs Prakash Javadekar and Balbir K. Punj were among
those who participated in the sit-ins.
The protests come in the wake of RSS leader Indresh Kumar and
other activists being named in the chargesheet in the Ajmer blast
case -- three people were killed and 30 injured when explosives
kept in a tiffin box exploded at the shrine of Sufi saint
Moinuddin Chisthi Oct 11, 2007.
Addressing protestors in Lucknow, Bhagwat said the cases and
allegations against the RSS were "baseless and politically
Even as Bhagwat went on to claim that no RSS activist could be
even remotely connected with acts of terror, he disowned all those
who were suspected to be involved in such acts.
"Such Hindus who were found to have been associated with terrorist
activities could not be even remotely associated with RSS," he
said in the speech.
Holding a brief for those against whom there was incontrovertible
evidence, the RSS chief sought to add: "I am sure they were
He also came out strongly in defence of Indresh: "The fact that
the investigating agencies had failed to find any concrete
evidence against Indresh proved our point that he was being
falsely implicated simply because the UPA government wanted to
give us a bad name."
This is the first time the RSS chief has led a demonstration. The
move was seen in Lucknow as a step towards revivial of the
'Hindutva' card in the aftermath of the Ayodhya verdict that
distributed the disputed land three ways.
In Delhi, Punj said the central government was misusing
investigative agencies and other institutions to "defame the RSS
and its activists".
In Orissa, protests and rallies were held not just in the capital
Bhubaneswar but also in places like Cuttack, Rourkela and
Carrying placards and banners, hundreds of activists staged a
sit-in near the Raj Bhavan.
According to Orissa unit general secretary Gopal Prasad Mohapatra,
the recent investigations of the Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS)
team probing the Ajmer blast were part of sinister designs to
destabilise the country.
Stating that Hindu organisations and religious leaders had been a
constant target for several years, he said attempts were afoot to
dishonour the Hindu religion.
In response to the call, demonstrations were also held in over 20
places in Punjab.
"Mass dharnas have been organised against hateful and politically
motivated anti-Hindu propagandas of some leaders and political
parties related with the union government," said Munishwar,
general secretary of RSS (Punjab).
"The chargesheet filed by the ATS, Rajasthan, in the Ajmer case
and subsequent statements are irresponsible… In the 820-page
chargesheet neither has Indresh Kumar been named as accused nor
are there are any formal charges against him. But the ATS is still
harassing him," RSS spokesperson Kishor Kant said in Jalandhar.
The recent one-day session of the All India Congress Committee in
New Delhi had attacked the RSS for its terror links.
"Revelations through detailed investigations have exposed the true
character of the RSS and its sister organisations. Communal and
terrorist elements, whichever source they may originate from, that
aim at destroying our national fabric will be fought at any cost,"
a party statement said.
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