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Aseemanand's confession revealed Hindutva terror activities


New Delhi: A confession statement, recorded before Metropolitan Magistrate at Tis Hazari courts in December, 2010 revealed Hindutva terror activities across the country. The trial courts have set aside the significant confession statement to acquit the convicts.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader had confessed that he and other Hindu activists were involved in bombing at Muslim religious places because they wanted to answer every Islamist terror act with "a bomb for bomb" policy. He admitted that he planned terror attacks on Ajmer Sharif, Mecca Masjid, Malegaon and the Samjhauta Express.

His 42-page confession, recorded in Hindi, had been reported in Tehelka news magazine's cover story "In the Words of a Zealot." He had named senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar, the murdered RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and senior RSS pracharaks Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangra, among others, as bein key conspirators in Samjhauta terror blast.

According to him, Indresh Kumar, who had been questioned by the CBI, had financed several of the blasts, while Sunil Joshi and his team executed many of them. He said the terror conspiracy was hatched over several meetings at which he was present along with the Hindutva leaders. According to him, the trigger for their conspiracy was the terror strikes on Sankatmochan temple in Varanasi and Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar.

He said in his statement, "I told everybody that bomb ka jawab bomb se dena chahiye (we should reply to bomb blasts with bombs) I told everyone since 80 per cent of Malegaon are Muslims, we should explode the bomb in Malegaon." He also said, "Since Hindus throng to the Ajmer Sharif dargah, we thought a bomb blast in Ajmer would deter Hindus from going there."

Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad was chosen because the Nizam of Hyderabad had wanted to opt for Pakistan during Partition. And Samjhauta Express was chosen because it was mostly used by Pakistanis, according to Tehelka magazine which had also uploaded the statement on its website.

Swami Aseemanand, of the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in Gujrat's Dangs district, told the metropolitan magistarte that in a 2006 meeting with other Hindu radicals, including murdered RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi and Thakur Pragya Singh, it was he who propagated the policy of "bomb for a bomb".

Sunil Joshi, alleged to be the key conspirator in the Ajmer dargah blast, was shot dead in Madhya Pradesh in 2007. Rajasthan Police had claimed that he was killed by his own men to cover up the terror act.

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