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Modi is soft towards anything related to RSS: Owaisi on Aseemanand acquittal

Owaisi dared PM Modi to challenge the NIA Special Court verdict if he is a real "chowkidar"

Thursday March 21, 2019 11:16 PM, ummid.com News Network

Modi with Aseemanand

[Swami Aseemanand at a function with then chief minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi and other state BJP leaders. (Photo: Outlook/File)]

Hyderabad: AIMIM Chief and Hyderabad MP Asauddin Owaisi on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Modi of having a soft corner towards Swami Aseemanand because of his association with the RSS.

Directly linking acquittal of Swami Aseemanad in Samjhauta Express blast case with the RSS background of PM Modi and Swami Aseemanand, Owaisi dared the former to challenge the NIA Special Court verdict if he is a real "chowkidar".

“Why so much love for Aseemanand? Why are you so afraid of taking action against him? I learnt that he too was from RSS. You might be a chowkidar, but if its anything related to RSS, then you are soft towards it", Asaduddin Owaisi said while addressing an election rally.

“If your are really a ‘chowkidar’, you should immediately announce that the government would appeal against the court verdict,” he added.

Owaisi comments came soon after Special NIA Court acquitted Swami Aseemanand and three others in the Samjhauta Express blast case that left 68 people, mostly Pakistanis, dead in 2007.

Swami Aseemanand hit the media headlines in 2011 when he confessed before the court about the role he and other Hindutva terrorists played in 2006 Malegaon and Samjhauta Express blasts. The Special NIA Court in Panchkula, Haryana however said the inevstigating agency could not establish the charges against the accused.

The Samjhauta Express, also called Attari Express, is a bi-weekly train that runs on Wednesdays and Sundays – between Delhi and Attari in India and Lahore in Pakistan. The blast in the train took place near Panipat in Haryana on February 18, 2007.

Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir also expressed surprise over the acquittal of the Hindu accused in the terrorist attack on Samjhauta Express, slamming the government's "double standard" in dealing with acts of terrorism.

"Despite damning evidence, the accused inc a former RSS member have been acquited. God forbid, had they been Kashmiris / Muslims they would be pronounced guilty and imprisoned without even a fair trial. Why such double standards and leniency towards saffron terror?" Mufti wrote on Twitter.

Former IPS officer Vikash Narain Rai, who had cracked the Samjhauta Expres blast case also questioned the NIA’s “complicity” and said the prosecuting agency should be “held accountable on how these acquittals took place”.

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