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Confession of a terrorist
February 02, 2011


The Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor has written
> to the government to provide protection for his campus. He was
> reacting to the emergence of a group of Hindu terrorists who have
> reportedly made the Aligarh University as one of their targets. Not
> long ago, Home Minister P.Chidambaram admitted that the ‘saffron
> terrorism’ was a fact on the Indian scene and that it should be faced
> squarely.
> Initial reaction to Hindu terrorism in the country was
> that of disbelief as if such a thing could not take place in India.
> The BJP alleged that the talk of Hindu terrorism was meant to deflect
> the discussion from the scams of corruption that the Congress was
> facing. The RSS even went to the extent of saying that “a Hindu cannot
> be a terrorist.”
> Yet the confession by Swami Aseemanand before the
> magistrate has changed the tone of even the RSS which says that
> “radical must quit RSS,” an admission of the presence of ultras in
> their midst. The BJP condemns selective leaks by the Central Bureau of
> Investigation (CBI) on bomb blasts allegedly committed by “Hindu
> terrorists.” But the confession of the Swami leaves no room for any
> doubt or denial of terrorism—a stand which Pakistan took for years
> before the Frankenstein of terrorism stalked the land.
> The Swami, who first alleged that he was being framed in a
> government conspiracy, has now spilled the beans. He confessed his
> involvement in the court under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure
> Code to make the evidence legally binding. No amount of pressure has
> worked on him to withdraw his statement. The Swami named Indresh, a
> RSS leader, as the brain behind the Hindu terror module that executed
> terrorist blasts in Ajmer, Hyderabad, Samjhauta Express and twice in
> Malegaon.
> Funds were provided by Joshi, another RSS activist, who
> was introduced to the Swami some six years ago. Two other RSS hands,
> Sandeep Danga and Ramji Kalsangree joined them to avenge the “bomb
> attacks on Hindu temples.” Both are not on the run. The government has
> announced a prize of Rs. 10 lakh each for information on them.
> In May 2008, the group of extremists after several
> meetings prepared the roadmap for the terrorist attack on Hyderabad,
> Malegaon, Ajmer Sharif and the Aligarh University. The Swami has said
> in a 26-page confessional statement: “I suggested that the first bomb
> should be placed at Malegaon as it is closer to our location and also
> has 80 per cent Muslim population. I also said that since at time of
> independence the Nizam of Hyderabad wanted to go with Pakistan,
> Hyderabad should be taught a lesson and hence a bomb should be placed
> there.”
> After the 2006 Malegaon blast which killed 30 people, the
> Swami has said that Joshi told him that “his men have executed the
> plot.” The Swami has admitted that he chose Ajmer Sharief “where
> Hindus go in big numbers… so that Hindus are scared of going there.”
> He has also said that a bomb should also be placed in AMU because many
> Muslim youths study there. “My suggestions were accepted by everyone”,
> said Swami.
> The Swami has referred to the two Muslims boys whom Joshi brought
> along when arranging a blast at Ajmer Sharif. “I told him”, said the
> Swami, “he (Joshi) would be murdered” because of the fear of other
> accomplices that the Muslim boys might tell about the happening one
> day. Joshi was, indeed, shot dead. The Swami said the blasts were in
> retaliation against Muslims after the attacks by jihadi terrorists on
> the Akshardam temple in Ahmedabad in 2002 and in the Sankat Mochan
> temple in Varanasi in 2006.
> The cloak and dagger story in which even a former
> intelligence officer was involved is not about a few persons from the
> RSS. The plot goes deeper. That the CBI is trying to unravel it is not
> adequate. The government has to devise means to fight against Hindutva
> philosophy of the RSS. For a secular country, any fundamentalist
> thought is an attack at its very roots of its foundation.
> Fundamentalism spread in Pakistan—and it is spreading in
> Bangladesh—because neither the government nor the liberal elements
> thought of it much in the beginning. Only when the blasts were many
> and the number of killings mounted did Pakistan woke up. India has to
> take the menace seriously. The reopening of the Malegaon blasts is a
> step in the right direction. The Swami has confessed that it was his
> organisation’s handiwork.
> On December 22, 2006, Maharashtra had filed a 2,200-page charge sheet
> against 13 men in the special court. However, following pressure from
> political parties, then Maharashtra deputy chief minister RR Patil
> announced the transfer of the case to the CBI for a fresh probe. The
> CBI said that it had no fresh evidence in the case. The new material
> should give the agency to pursue the case vigorously.
> It must be an act of providence how the Swami’s conscience came to be
> pricked. He was detained at jail in Chandigarh where a Muslim was
> serving the sentence on the charge of blasts at Malegaon. The Swami
> was touched by the care the Muslim prisoner took during his illness.
> The prisoner bore no rancour or remorse. The Swami decided to make
> clear breast of his involvement and that of the RSS men.
> “The Muslim boy Kaleem pierced my conscience. I understood that love
> between two human beings is more powerful than the hatred between two
> communities” said Swami. He has reportedly written to the President of
> India and the President of Pakistan, admitting his crimes and seeking
> penance.
> It is a shame that the 13 Muslims in imprisonment on the allegation
> that they were responsible for the Malegaon blasts have not yet been
> released. Only Kaleem has been. The Maharashtra police are
> embarrassed. Their explanation is that they went “wrong.” Those who
> prosecuted them and even produced “the accomplice,” who became a
> government witness, should be punished. But it is a futile demand
> because I have not seen anyone from the police ever being punished for
> fabricating a case or prosecuting the innocent.
> Isn’t time when both countries should join hands to eliminate
> terrorism from the region? The argument by one country that it does
> not face such a terrible situation as the other does is futile. True,
> there is a shade of difference—but only a shade. Maybe, India has not
> yet been a victim of open terrorism as Pakistan is from the jihadis
> from within and without. But India has now Hindu terrorists and Muslim
> terrorists, apart from the Maoists. This situation has the potential
> of making a large-scale terrorism.

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