In further relief to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, the National Investigation Agencyhas given her a clean chit in the Ajmer Dargah blasts case. The NIA also cleared Rashtriya Swajamsevak Sangh leader Indresh Kumar in the case.
Swami Assemanand is at it once again and this time around he has named RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat. The accused in the Samjautha Express, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer blasts has alleged that it was Bhagwat who sanctioned these strikes.
The National Investigation Agency which is seized off all these cases is however treading cautiously on the issue. Aseemanand is known to backtrack on his statements and has done so once in the past as well which left the NIA red faced before the court. NIA sources tell rediff.com that they will wait and watch and would not want to jump to any conclusions since these are statements given before a magazine. Not once in our entire questioning of the man has he ever named Mohan Bhagwat and hence there is no reason for us to act suo motu on the case. We will instead wait for a court order and only then act, the NIA official also pointed out.
The dragging of Indresh Kumar’s name into the Malegaon blasts case had threatened to shake the RSS up. However today the National Investigation Agency has with it a testimony which clearly states that the RSS was never in favour of carrying out bomb blasts.
According to the NIA investigation, Indresh Kumar had met with Sunil Joshi in Jaipur a few months before the Malegaon 2006 blasts. During that meeting, Joshi had told Kumar about the plan to carry out an attack in Malegaon. However Kumar is said to have told Joshi that neither he nor the Sangh would approve of this act and there shall be no support for an act of terror. The NIA has this testimony from an RSS pracharak who was part of this meeting between Joshi, Sadhvi Pragya Singh and Kumar at Jaipur.
The remark by Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde on terrorism and training camps run by the RSS has created a furore across the nation. It has even given the likes of Hafiz Saeed, top man of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba some ammunition to bash India.
The question is what prompted Shinde to issue such a statement linking the RSS to terrorism by some Hindu fundamentalists and if the investigators have been able to ascertain the direct role of the RSS in the various attacks that rocked the nation in the past couple of years.
The name of RSS leader Indresh Kumar has often made the rounds in the past couple of months in connection with various acts of terror which the country has witnessed. Barring a few instances of some of the accused taking his name, the investigating agencies have not yet managed to get anything concrete against him as of now.
However what both the NIA and the CBI are looking into now is the statement allegedly made by Colonel Srikanth Purohith in which he said that he wanted to kill Indresh Kumar and a plot to attain the same had also been hatched.
Although these revealations are not directly connected to the ongoing investigations into the Malegaon, Mecca Masjid, Ajmer or Samjautha blasts case, investigating agencies are keen to find out more since it indicates that there was a clear split in this network.
What is more important in this angle to the investigation is that Purohith also goes on to claim that Kumar had alleged links to the ISI. Sources say that this allegation forms part of an intelligence report from the military and they will need to probe further on it since if it is true then it is a very disturbing development.
Sources told rediff.com that there was constant confrontation between Indresh Kumar and Purohith of the Abhinav Bharath and the the latter had hatched a plan to eliminate him. While Purohith claims that it was a total conflict of interest that made him hatch such a plan, officials point out that this conspiracy could have been hatched since Purohith and the rest felt betrayed that Kumar didn’t do much to protect them as had been allegedly promised.
The first of the problems between the two began during the Nepal issue. Purohith had been very vocal that there should not be a regime change in Nepal since he felt that under the King, it was a complete Hindu Rashtra. However according to him, Kumar didn’t do too much to ensure that the King’s rule remained and there was not the required amount of tinkering in that administration which eventually led to the king being dethroned.
Further there is also an allegation that Kumar may have had a vested interest in Nepal since he had some personal business which in turn has upset Purohith as he felt that at no cost a Hindu rashtra should be compromised due to vested interests.
Going by the interrogation of Purohith it comes to light that he was a hardliner. He had no other interest but to counter the ISI which he felt had become a big menace for India. All through his interrogation he has stuck to this fact. He also goes on to say that he was focused on attaining a Hindu nation and for this all ISI elements had to be eliminated. It was in this regard that he launched the Abhinav Bharath. He roped in cadres and also businessmen from Pune to fund his operations, his interrogation has also revealed. He also branched out his outfit to do separate jobs such as finances, arms supply and logistics. He was however particular that people like Kumar should not remain in this network since he had felt betrayed and cheated by him.
The ATS Maharashtra which has been probing Purohith have found certain versions regarding this conspiracy to be contradictory in nature. One version that they initially got from Purohith was that he was asked to kill Kumar. However one of the financiers of the outfit, Shyam Apte claimed that it was purohith who launched this plan. HOwever the investigations so far have shown that he had first complained to the army regarding Kumar and his links across the border, but they were never taken seriously and hence he decided to do this by himself.
During the planning stages he also tried to rope in Sadhwi Pragya Singh into this conspiracy, but she had refused since she had high regard for Kumar. Purohith is alleged to have told Pragya Singh about this plan and had also sent two persons to her and asked her to accommodate them until they needed to go ahead with the plan. However she had flatly refused to be part of this operation and there is a lurking doubt that she may have also informed Kumar about this plan.
As per investigations it has been found that this plan was hatched in the year 2008 in New Delhi. He had gone to an ashram in Faridabad along with a retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay, Sameer and Bharath to carry out this assassination. Over there he met with Dayanand Pandey a god man and here it was decided that they would need to procure arms and ammunitions to carry out this attack on Indresh Kumar.
Ganesh Sovani, advocate for Pragya Singh however said that these aspects have not come up for probe since they do not find any mention in the reports handed out by the investigating agencies.
The plan to eliminate Kumar however did not materialize since Purohith was arrested and the entire operation fell flat.