By Air Commodore ® Khalid Iqbal
“It’s not Muslims, but Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activists who planned and executed the bomb blasts at Malegaon in 2006, on the Samjhauta Express in 2007, in Ajmer Sharif in 2007 and Mecca Masjid in 2007,”confessed Swami Aseemanand, the main accused of 2007 Samjhauta Express blast in front of a magistrate at a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court. RSS, the Hindu radical group of Aseemanand is the spiritual parent of BJP. This confession has substantially bolstered Pakistan’s point of view that Hindu extremist outfits carry out false flag terrorist acts for which Muslim entities of India and neighbouring countries are promptly blamed under a well thought out scheme.
Swami’s confession is only a confirmation about the open secret about phenomenal rise of homegrown Hindu terrorism in India. According to India’s Tehelka magazine, which has obtained a copy of Swami’s 42-page confession, Swami told his interrogators that attacks on Muslim places were in response to attacks by Islamist militants.
India has been dragging its feet on Samjhota train related investigations since long. Pakistan is likely to raise the extradition demand of Swami and others following India’s refusal to share the details of the Samjhota train-bombing probe with Pakistan. Demand for extradition may come up during the Indo-Pak foreign secretary level talks in Bhutan during the first week of February. Pakistani foreign office has already summoned the Indian envoy and asked him to hand over the findings of the bombing investigation. So far India has been dilly dallying that “it was premature” to provide results of the train bombing probe to Pakistan, while drumming up its campaign that Pakistan should quickly bring to justice the masterminds of Mumbai attacks of 2008. Islamabad has also listed other bombing incidents involving the false flag actions by Hindu radicals, like Gujarat, Malegoan, Mecca Msjid in Hyderabad, Ajmer Sharif etc. Initially, Pakistan was blamed for these incidents.
Shamsul Islam, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Satyawati College, University of Delhi has recently commented: ‘The culprit of Samjhota Express dresses up in the full Hindu saffron regalia, and is followed to and from places by his band of marauders who carry the Hindu Trident and yell Anti-Muslim slogans. Colonel Prohit dresses the same way, and is treated like a hero in Bharat. Pakistan will be demanding the extradition of Hindu terrorists…who were involved in the 2007 bloody bombing of the Pakistan-bound Samjhota Express train that killed 68 innocent people, 42 of which were Pakistan nationals…the 2008 blast in the town of Malegaon killed seven people and left more than 100 injured. A female Hindu priest, Sadhwi Pragya Singh Thakur, and a serving Indian army officer were among 11 people who were arrested in connection with the attack…’.
The Indian Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) and the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) had hastily blamed these terror acts on the Lashkar-e-Tayaba (LeT) and the Bangladesh-based Harkatul Jehadul Islami (HUJI). Scores of innocent Indian Muslim youth were arrested and brutally tortured by the Indian security establishment.To make things worse, the RSS and the Hindu Mahasabah rioted in Malegaon, Ajmer and Panipat, beat up Muslim youth, set Muslim businesses on fire, and looted the homes of Muslims. A number of Mulims still languish in Indian jails, blamed for the crimes committed by the RSS.
In Mecca Masjid blast, 14 people died and as a knee jerk reaction, initially around 80 Muslims were detained for questioning and 25 arrested. The investigation continued on this line until CBI found the evidence that mobile phone-detonated explosives packed in metal tubes were similar to the Ajmer blasts. The bombs contained a deadly mix of RDX and TNT, in proportions often used by the Indian army. CBI director Ashwani Kumar told the media that an activist named Sunil Joshi “played a key role in orchestrating the Ajmer blast and a set of mobile SIM cards that had been used in activation of the bomb-triggers in the Mecca Masjid blast was used again in the Ajmer blast”.
National Investigating Agency (NIA) has filed a case in a court accusing 11 Hindus and members of the ultra-right-wing Sanathan Sanstha, of masterminding and executing the October 2009 Margao blast. Initial suspicion and interrogation of suspected Muslim men, some believed to be members of “sleeper cells of jehadi groups” turned out to be just an allegation.
In Ajmer Sharif Blast in 2007 ,3 people died. In 2010, Rajasthan ATS arrested Devendra Gupta, Chandrashekhar and Vishnu Prasad. Initial arrests of Muslims linked to HuJI and LeT proved to be wrong. During interrogation, Colonel Prohit confessed to ATS investigators that he had provided the RDX in the Mecca Masjid blasts. A human right activist and Mumbai advocate Mihir said, “It is believed that CBI is seeking directions from the home ministry to see the Ajmer, Mecca Masjid, Malegaon and other blasts in conjunction after there has been no conclusive evidence of the involvement of Islamic groups”.
The RSS gang is often out in the street for whipping up frenzy against Muslims. Latest craze of these terrorists is to unfurl the Indian flag in Srinagar on January 26, 2011. BJP and its RSS components are so zealous about hoisting the tricolour in Srinagar that they have ignored the advice of the state Chief Minister that any such attempt would create serious tensions in the IHK, because freedom loving Kashmiri’s have a tradition to hoist black flags on the Indian Republic day.
Pattern of this terrorism is of a unique kind. It is not by the have-nots or underdog minorities against the statue quo. This brand of terrorism is practiced by the Hindu majority against the minorities. Extremist Hindu parties maintain de-facto militant wings under various brand names. Atrocities against the poor and lower class Hindus, the Muslims and the people from other sects and beliefs, continue under a state of denial by the Indian politicians and government machinery. Some Indian writers like Arunduta Roy, officials like former IG police SM Mushrif and a few human rights organizations keep raising their voices despite prevalent coercive environment. As per Wikileaks, Rahul Gandhi believes that Hindu radicals might pose a greater threat than Islamist militants.
Each passing day discovers new realities about ‘shining’ India when the truth glitters from the false cover stories. The secular India is well on its way to collapse as the hindutva mindset is incrementally taking over.
Air Cdre Khalid is Masters in Political Science along with War and Strategic Studies. He has also done Air WarCourse, Fellow of Air
War College. Instructor’s Course. Senior Command & Staff course. Combat Commander’s Course. He has been a Directing Staff at various institutions of Pakistan Air Force. Presently he is a visiting faculty at:
- PAF air War College (Staff Wing &War Wing).
- School of Army Air Defence.
- Naval War College, Lahore.
- Quaid-i- Azam University (DSS Department).
- He is a regular contibutor to Opinion Maker and Member Board Of Advisors