Posted by: informer | November 22, 2008

RSS brass on Malegaon suspects’ hit list: ATS

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad claims that top brass of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was on the hit list of Malegaon blast suspects – retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay and self-styled spiritual leader Swami Dyanand Pandey.

These revelations – that the ATS claims have been made by another suspect Lt Col S Prasad Purohit – could put the brakes on the Sangh Parivar’s campaign of support for the blast accused.

The ATS claims Purohit said the men were on the hitlist for allegedly “easing up” on the Hindutva agenda.

RSS general secretary Mohan Bhagwat and RSS Muslim wing head Indraeesh were on the group’s radar.

The ATS claims that Purohit met RSS leaders and complained about Indraeesh. In August, after meeting top RSS office bearers in Mumbai, he got instructions to terminate all operations of Abhinav Bharat – the umbrella organisation – in Madhya Pradesh.

The ATS says details of this plan were found on Pandey’s laptop.

“We are gathering evidence and will submit them to the court when required,” said Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare.

Importantly, this information is not a part of the ongoing Malegaon blast case and this is why the ATS has complied this information into a report and submitted to the Centre and Intelligence bureau.

In New Delhi, the National Security Advisor and the Intelligence Bureau chief met leader of opposition L K Advani after he raised with the Prime Minister the issue of Sadhvi Pragya’s allegations of custodial torture.

The ATS also got police remand Sudhakar Chaturvedi, the 11th accused in the case, from the MCOCA court.

Meanwhile, Dayanand Pandey was put through a narco analysis test in Bangalore on Friday.

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Another report

Members of Hindu right-wing organisation Abhinav Bharat, accused of carrying out the Malegaon blast, plotted to kill senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders who they thought weren’t doing enough for Hindutva, show investigation reports accessed exclusively by Hindustan Times.

At a time when the Bharatiya Janata Party has declared its support for the accused, who are being investigated by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), the probe report reveals a plan to kill RSS general secretary Mohan Bhagwat and senior leader Indraeesh, who manages the Rashtriya Muslim Manch, which attracts Muslims with a “nationalistic outlook”. The report is with the state Home Department, which has shared it with the Union Home Ministry and central intelligence agencies.

Data found on the laptop of Dayanand Pandey, alias Shankaracharya Sudhakar Dwivedi, who was arrested in Lucknow on November 12, verifies the report. Experts at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Kalina are examining the laptop.

The planned killings, the report said, were masterminded by S. Apte, a 70-year-old Pune-based RSS worker who was unhappy with the organisation’s functioning, along with Pandey, Major (retd) Ramesh Upadhyay and a leading Delhi-based doctor identified only as ‘Dr Singh’.

The ATS found that Apte and Pandey, the son of a retired sub-inspector of the Uttar Pradesh police, approached Lieutenant-Colonel Prasad Purohit for help in executing the plan. Apte also paid him Rs 10 lakh, said the report.

Purohit introduced a close aide, whose identity HT has withheld so as not to hinder investigations, to Apte to assist him.

In August, when the group learnt that Bhagwat and Indraeesh would be visiting Pune, “Apte showed [Purohit’s aide] around the various spots [suitable for the killings] in Pune” and they zeroed in on a couple.

Investigations also showed that “[Pandey] had arranged for a weapon”, a 9 mm foreign-made pistol, which was delivered to one of his followers “in Faridabad” when he and Apte first hatched the plot.

The ATS is investigating Apte, who is currently in Pune.

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  1. 29.11.2008
    AFTER THE TERRORISTS ATTACK IN MUMBAI IT BECOME VERY DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND THE POLITICS OF INDIAN POLITICIANS BOTH THE BJP AND CONGRESS PARTY.
    BOTH THE PARTY ARE ONLY INTRESTED IN CASTE POLITICS.


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