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Swami Aseemanand’s bomb for bomb policy

Posted by :) on January 16, 2011

Source : MSN

New Delhi: Arrested Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Swami Aseemanand has confessed that he and other Hindu activists were involved in bombings at Muslim religious places because they wanted to answer every Islamist terror act with “a bomb for bomb” policy.

Swami Aseemanand's bomb for bomb policy

Aseemanand’s confession before a magistrate about the Malegaon, Samjhauta Express train, Ajmer and Mecca Masjid bombings has unravelled the “inner workings of the Hindutva terror network”, according to the weekly Tehelka magazine that claims to have obtained his 42-page signed confessional statement.

The Dec 18 statement made under Clause 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) is a legally admissible evidence that makes it crucial for the investigators probing the terror bombings targetting Muslims at religious and other places.

The magazine says that Aseemanand, of the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in Gujarat’s Dangs district, told the magistrate that in a 2006 meeting with other Hindu radicals, including murdered RSS leader Sunil Joshi and Thakur Pragya Singh, it was he who propagated the policy of bomb for a bomb.

“I told everybody that bomb ka jawab bomb se dena chahiye, (we should answer bombs with bombs),” said Aseemanand, in the statement made in Hindi. The swami, whose real name is Jatin Chatterjee, hails from Hooghly district in West Bengal and is a post-graduate in botany.

“I suggested that 80 percent of the people of Malegaon were Muslims and we should explode the first bomb in Malegaon itself.”

He said that he suggested Hyderabad, Ajmer Sharif shrine and the Aligarh Muslim University as other potential terror targets.

Joshi, Aseemanand said, suggested an attack on the Samjhauta train as it was basically Pakistanis who travel on it and “therefore, we should attack the train as well”.

Joshi, alleged to be the key conspirator of the Ajmer Dargah blast, was shot dead in Madhya Pradesh in 2007. He is suspected to have been killed by his own men to cover up the terror act, according to Rajasthan Police.

Aseemanand said that it was not just a rump Hindu radical group that engineered the blasts but RSS national executive member Indresh Kumar was also involved in carrying out the terror plots.

“Indreshji met me at Shabri Dham (Aseemanand’s ashram in Gujarat) sometime in 2005. He was accompanied by many top RSS functionaries. He had deputed Sunil Joshi for this job (terror attacks).”

Aseemanand, arrested last year, also confessed how he had motivated a bunch of RSS pracharaks and other Hindu radicals to carry out the terror strikes to target Muslims.

Aseemanand’s confession is the first direct evidence of the involvement of Hindutva extremists in the 2006 Malegaon blasts and the Samjhauta Express blast even though there were accusations of their involvement in the Mecca Masjid and Ajmer blasts.



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Direct hand of Aseemanand in Samjhauta blasts: NIA

Posted by :) on January 16, 2011

Source :

Rajesh Ahuja , Hindustan Times

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is convinced that Swami Aseemanand, a Hindu right-wing leader, was directly involved in the Samjhauta Express blasts that killed 68 people in 2007. NIA investigators say the Swami held a meeting on February 11, 12 and 13 in 2006 in Gujarat’s Dang district to decide on bomb attacks in different places, including on that train.

So far, the investigators believed Aseemanand was more of an ideologue than an activist. But official sources say he had roped in Sandeep Dange, an engineering graduate, and Ramji Kalsangra, an electrician, to build the improvised explosive devices used in the blasts.

Around midnight on February 18, 2007 — a day before Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri was to arrive in Delhi to resume peace talks — bombs were set off on the Delhi-Lahore Samjhauta Express, a twice-a-week service.

The incident occurred on Indian territory, after the train passed Diwana station near Panipat in Haryana, 80 km north of Delhi. Of the 68 killed, most were Pakistani civilians, besides some Indian citizens and army jawans guarding the train.

The sources say the ingredients and the structure of the firebombs — called incendiary devices — were highly sophisticated and innovative and was quite unique till then.

It was also clear that the bomb-maker had expertise also in dealing with electronics. The NIA suspects RSS district functionary Dange of helping Kalasangra, a resident of Indore, from where the suitcases had been brought. Both are yet to be apprehended.

Swami Aseemanand, born as Jatin Chatterjee in West Bengal, got a masters degree in Physics from the Burdwan University. He joined the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, inspired by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1978.

His name surfaced during the probe into the blasts at Mecca Masjid on May 18, 2007, Ajmer on October 11, 2007 and Malegaon and Modasa on September 29, 2008. He was arrested from Haridwar in November this year in connection with the Mecca Masjid blast.


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Not saffron or green

Posted by :) on January 16, 2011

Terror is colour-blind and has no shades of meaning other than hate and fear

Source – Jug Suraiya – TOI

Is so-called saffron, or rightwing Hindu, terror an answer to so-called green, or radical Islamist, terror? No, it isn’t. Terror – by whatever name it calls itself, or that others call it – is never an answer to anything: it is an affirmation. It is an affirmation of the only demonic gods that terror, of any stripe, worships: hate and fear.
This cannot be emphasised enough at a time when investigations into several bomb blasts in the country, including the explosion on the Samjhauta Express, have evoked the spectre of a retaliatory ‘bomb-forbomb’ ‘saffron’ terror to counter ‘Islamist’ terror. The confession made to the authorities by the self-styled ‘Swami’ Aseemanand about the involvement of terrorist conspirators with RSS links has sparked a war of words between the Sangh Parivar and what calls itself the secular camp, led by the Congress. While the secularists have once again raised a demand for banning the RSS, the organisation’s chief, Mohan Bhagwat, has said that those suspected of the bombs were no longer part of the parivar fold, having either left voluntarily or been externed. This in turn has provoked a Congress spokesperson to respond that it was a case not of “rats leaving the sinking ship, but of the ship leaving the rats”.
This politicisation of terror, of dividing an indivisible menace into two opposing camps, is exactly what terrorists of all hues want. It has been said before but it needs to be said again, and yet again: terror does not owe allegiance to any faith or religion except to its own perverted and obscene creed which thrives on the massacre of innocents.
The dynamics of terror are based on the twisted logic of obsession. Hatred and fear – the evil twins who always go hand in hand, each reinforcing the other – are both the propagators as well as the spawn of terror. How does the perpetrator of terror ensure its own escalation? By destroying the feared and hated Other, the Enemy? No, because the Other, the Enemy, is necessary for the terrorist himself to exist; without the hated Other, the terrorist has no reason for existence. The survival of the terrorist and his unholy credo dictates a strategy very different from the destruction of the Other. The terrorist doesn’t want to destroy the Other, for that would mean self-destructing himself; he wants to turn the Other into a mirror likeness of himself, each locked to the other in an antagonistic embrace of mutual fear and hatred. ‘Hindu’ terror and ‘Islamist’ terror aren’t mortal enemies; they are incestuous siblings, each feeding of the other’s insatiable lust.
The real Enemy, the true Other, of the terrorist is not another terrorist – the two are in fact allies – but the common humanity, the shared cycle of birth and death and the rites of passage in between, that binds us together, regardless of our differences of belief, or caste, or race, or colour. It is this common humanness – humaneness, if you prefer – which is the real target of the terrorist, of whatever kind. For the terrorist, whatever prefixes or suffixes he attaches to himself, the real Other, the Enemy is humanity, the civil society of ordinary people accommodating each other’s differences and occasional disputes as they go about the everyday business of living.
The everyday business of the terrorist – saffron or green, or pink, or polka-dotted – is not living but dying, causing the deaths of others and often of himself as well in suicide missions. What happens when a country’s way of life becomes a way of death? Today Pakistan – arguably the biggest exporter of terrorism in the world – has shown with tragic inevitability what happens when, left unchecked, terror consumes itself.
Let’s not colour-code terror, by saffron or any other shade. Terror is not just colour-blind; its eye-for-an-eye spiral of vengeance makes for a world of sightless darkness.


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