NIA to stick to bomb ka badla bomb, theory in Samjautha blasts case

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The National Investigation Agency will continue to probe the bomb ka badla bomb theory in the Samjautha express blasts case. The NIA is likely to drop its request for more information on a Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative Arif Qasmani which it had sought from the United States.

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Samjautha probe- No change in narrative

The Samjhauta Express case stands as it is and there will be no change in what the National Investigation Agency has already probed. The case is already at the trial stage which commenced on February 24 2014 says the NIA. The confusion was relating to the name of one Arif Kasmani a Lashkar-e-Tayiba believed to have funded the blasts. An NIA team had sought from the United State of America information relating to Kasmani. After the blasts, it was US intelligence report that indicated that, Kasmani may have funded the same. While the NIA is likely to quote this report before the court, it will not change the nature of the case, NIA officials say.Read more:

Malegaon accused gets bail

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The failure on the part of the National Investigating Agency has ensured that an accused in the Malegaon 2008 blasts case got bail. The Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Court (MCOCA) court judge Y D Shinde granted bail to accused in the case, Lokesh Sharma.
The court whil granting him bail ordered him to execute a personal bond of Rs 25000. After his arrest in connection with the Malegaon 2008 case he was produced first before the court on February 27 2012. However the NIA which ought to have filed the charge sheet within 90 days of his arrest failed to do so. The court while taking into account this discrepancy ordered that bail be granted to Sharma.
Sharma was first named by the NIA in the Samjautha blasts case. He is said to have been closely associated with Sunil Joshi and in their remand application the NIA had stated that he was the one who planted the bomb on the train.  During investigation, the NIA is said to have found links between this man the other accused in the Ajmer, Malegaon and Mecca Masjid blasts as well.
A resident of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Sharma according to the NIA was also closely associated with terror masterminds, Ramji Kalsanghra and Sandeep Dange. The duo are however still absconding.

Parliament attack and the terror that followed

Ten years have gone since India witnessed one of its most embarrassing attacks- The attack on the Indian Parliament. After an attack of such a magnitude one would have expected a complete clean up of the system.
If we look at the chronology of the attacks that have taken place after the parliament attack, it paints quite a pathetic picture.

Sept. 24, 2002: Akshardham temple attack in Gujarat in which 31 people were killed.

March 13, 2003: Bomb blast on commuter train in Bombay in which 11 persons were killed.

Aug. 25, 2003: Twin car bombings in Mumbai left at least 52 people dead

July 5, 2005: An attack at the Ram Janmabhoomi complex.

Oct. 29, 2005: Three major blasts in Delhi in which 59 persons were killed.

March 7, 2006: Serial blasts at Varanasi in which 28 persons died.

July 11, 2006: 200 dead in serial blasts at Mumbai. Bombs were planted in trains and incident referred to as the train blasts.

Sept. 8, 2006: 37 dead in Malegaon blasts.

February 18 2007– Samjautha Blasts

May 18, 2007: Mecca Masjid blasts at Hyderabad in which 13 persons were killed.

Aug. 25, 2007: Twin blasts at Hyderabad in which 42 persons were killed.

October 11 2007- Blast at Ajmer

November 23 2007- Blasts at a court in Uttar Pradesh.

May 13, 2008: Serial blasts at Jaipur in which 63 persons were killed.

July 25, 2008: Bangalore serial blasts in which one person was killed.

July 26, 2008: Serial blasts at Ahmedabad in which 45 persons were killed.

Sept. 13, 2008: Serial blasts in New Delhi in which 21 persons were killed.

Sept. 27, 2008: Blast in a New Delhi flower market in which one person died.

November 26 2008- One of the worst incidents on Indian soil, the infamous 26/11 attack in which over 150 persons lost their lives.

February 13 2010- Blasts at Pune’s German Bakery in which 17 persons lost their lives.

September 19 2010– Firing and blast outside Delhi’s Jama Masjid.

December 7 2010– Blast at Varanasi leaves one toddler dead

July 13 2011– Blasts in Mumbai in which 27 persons lost their lives.

September 11 2011– Blast at Delhi High Court in which 11 persons were killed.

After the Parliament attack– The Parliament attack made India realize the threat of terrorism and also woke the nation up to the capability that Pakistan really had. India realized that terror groups from across the border were capable of hitting at the epi centre of the country. While India did manage to tackle the issue of terrorism to a great extent emerging from across the border, it however sttlipped up where the issue of home grown terror was concerned. Looking above at the chronology one gets to see this picture.

There was an emergence of two types of terrorism after the Parliament attack. The Home Grown jihad and also a counter attack in the form of terrorism by Hindu radicals. There was a great deal of dominance by the Lashkar-e-Tayiba in particular post the Parliament attack. However what Pakistan began to realize is that if it continued to use its own forces then there was a great chance of things getting out hand and it snow balling into a full fledged war. They had issues galore in India such as the Babri Masjid demolition and also the Godhra incident to stir up the sentiments of some Muslims. The immediate target was the Students Islamic Movement of India. The ISI did manage to tap into the more radical elements in this organization and train them for terror operations. This eventually led to the ban of the entire group which only enhanced the resolve of some of the radical elements.

However the SIMI was unable to function for too long as the security agencies were on their trail. There was a gradual break away of the SIMI and it emerged into the deadly Indian Mujahideen. Although some members of this group were readying themselves for the big job since the year 2003 itself, their emergence was seen only in the year 2007 during the Uttar Pradesh court blasts. After these blasts a mail was sent out in the name of the IM. Although no one took them seriously at that time, they did manage to prove that they were the next big force to reckon with. Intelligence Bureau officials had even termed them as the SIMI party II.

While the IM went about its operations in the most brazen manner using both technology and ideology to the fullest, the country was witness to another form of terrorism. The spate of attacks on Indian soil by Muslim radicals both from India and Pakistan angered a couple of Hindu radicals. There were a series of blasts at Malegaon, Mecca Masjid and also on the Samjautha Express. The immediate blame after these blasts once again pointed towards Islamic organizations. However it was only in the later part of 2008 did another picture come out. The Maharashtra ATS then headed by the late Hemanth Karkare while investigating the matter found that it was a group led by Colonel Purohith, Sunil Joshi and Sadhvi Pragya Singh which executed these attacks. The later part of the investigation also went on to reveal that there were more persons such as Swami Aseemanand who were involved in these attacks.

Today India cannot say with much pride that it has dealt a deadly blow to terrorists. It has multiple problems on hand and terrorism from both factions are equally dangerous. However while speaking to a couple of Intelligence Bureau officials, they would still rate the threat from across the border as deadlier. While home grown terrorism would continue to cause a nuisance value to our country, the bigger attacks would always emerge out of Pakistan and the 26/11 attack is proof of the same, they point out.

The extremist turf war in Nepal

The chargesheet in the Samjautha Express blasts case which was filed recently states that two crucial players in the case are still absconding. Ramji Kalsanghra and Sandeep Dange are two very crucial players, not only in this case but also in those incidents relating to the Mecca Masjid and Ajmer blasts.

The National Investigating Agency does realise the importance of nabbing both these men and say that a finality to this entire terror cycle can be attained only once these two are in custody.

The NIA is on a hot trail of these two men, but the more important question is where are these men hiding. Some intelligence inputs go on to suggest that the moment was heat was up, they managed to slip into Nepal. This is not the first time that a person from this module has taken shelter in Nepal. Praveen Muthalik who is an accused in the Malegaon blasts too has taken the same route. He was however nabbed when he made a visit to India a couple of months back.

The Nepal corridor has been often discussed and this used to be a primary route for ISI sponsored terror groups. However there is now a clear turf war on in this country between the two modules-one from India and the other from Pakistan. According to sources in the Intelligence Bureau, most of the Pakistan based modules have now shifted operations to Bangladesh since they find that to be a safer haven.

When some fringe elements within the Abhinav Bharath set out to carry out terror attacks one of the aspects that was discussed was relating to the hideouts. Every terror group when it commences operations takes into consideration this very important aspect since they need to find a safe haven once the attack is carried out.

These elements had discussed the possibility of Nepal being a hide out once operations were completed. The main issue at that time however was that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the Dawood Gang were using this base extensively and they did not want any clash with them. Over the years, they started to set up modules within Nepal and also created a safe route to slip out once an attack was carried out. This group however did not exercise this option for quite sometime since all the attacks that were being carried out by them were being attributed to the Muslims. However when the investigations took a different turn, some of the key men involved in the attacks began moving into Nepal. For this group Nepal was the best option since it is a familiar terrain for them. The language, the culture were similar and hence they found it easier to gel with the locals there and remain undercover.

Once these modules in Nepal were activated there were changes in the Lashkar modules. There was a clash between the two modules and this prompted the Lashkar to close down several of its modules and shift into Bangladesh.The Lashkar too found this to be a better option when compared to Nepal since their operatives were finding it more comfortable to be in Bangladesh once again due to the similarities in cultures.

Investigations into the Samjautha, Ajmer and Mecca Masjid blasts have gone on to show that there are very few modules within India. These men did thrive on the moral support of some people. Moreover it was also learnt that they did want to keep their operations a secret and hence did not involve too many people. Right from the planning stages, to the logistics and then the execution, the operations were known only to a hand full of people. The plan was to build up more modules within India over a period of time while they had decided to use all the modules created in Nepal as hide outs.

The NIA is however doing a proper check on the whereabouts of the two absconding men and are even ready to bring them down from Nepal. There are no major issues on the diplomatic front to bring down criminals and hence this task should not be difficult. However they would want to be 100 per cent sure before they can make a final move. The NIA does realise that the probe will hit a road block if these two men are not nabbed and hence the trail on them is really hot.

Malegaon chargesheet-Its ATS vs NIA

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It was an interesting move on part of the ATS which went ahead and filed a 305 page chargesheet against Praveen Muthalik in the Malegaon case. This chargesheet is significant since it comes at a time when the National Investigation Agency has been ordered to take up the same case and re probe it.
What can one expect in such an event? Many questions are being asked and this development makes one wonder whether Home Minister P Chidamambaram was right when he told the US Ambassador that he doubted the legality of the constitution of the NIA.
However going by the rules of the NIA it clearly states that it can take over any investigation pertaining to terrorism in the country. Now that this has been done in the Malegaon case, the question is what relevance does the ATS chargesheet have? Legal experts term the chargesheet as a mere formality because the NIA will sooner or later file a fresh chargesheet which will finally be the one which will be referred when the trial commences.
At no point would the investigating agency want to try and push two chargesheets into the court room which tries these accused. The accused would get an upper hand in the case and seek an acquittal on the grounds of double jeopardy. This clearly means that the chargesheet which has been filed by the ATS will not be the one used during the trial. The accused in the case would have to wait to much longer before their case could go on trial.
The NIA would certainly probe the case afresh and as per Rule 6 of the NIA act of 2008 they have the power to take fresh statements from all the accused who find a mention in the ATS chargesheet. Sources say that the NIA investigators would go through the entire exercise once again and only then come out with a chargesheet.
Ganesh Sovani, advocate for Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur one of the accused in the Malegaon case says that the chargesheet by the ATS is a formality and it is their perception that they have put into it. Ultimately the matter will be probed by the NIA and it is their chargesheet that would prevail. Whether the NIA would depend on the chargesheet filed by the ATS would be a matter that one would have to wait and see. However it seems unlikely since if that is done then the very purpose of the NIA taking over the case becomes a futile exercise.
The Malegaon case will be the first time that the rules of the NIA will be tested. Indications are that the ATS will not go to trial with the chargesheet that they have filed today and would instead wait for the NIA to take over and put forth their version before the court.
Moreover the NIA probing the Malegaon case makes more sense considering the scope and the jurisdiction that the agency has. Sources say that going by the statement of Swami Aseemanand, it makes it clear that the Malegaon case was linked to the Mecca Masjid, Ajmer and also the Samjautha Express blasts. The NIA will not view both the Malegaon cases as individual cases but would join the dots where the other cases are concerned. The NIA so far has independently probed all the accused involved in this case and are still on the hunt for Ramji Kalasanghra and Dange who are most crucial to the case.

What ATS seeks from Muthalik

The Maharashtra Anti-terror Squad made a very important arrest in the Malegaon blast case late Monday night. Praveen Muthalik, who is said to be one of the executors of the blast, was arrested and later remanded in police custody till February 14. He had been absconding for nearly two years.

The ATS has been on his trail since his name figured in the interrogation of Colonel Srikant Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, other accused in the case. The ATS had even gone to Karnataka two years back to look for Muthalik but returned empty handed.

Muthalik’s arrest solves a major problem for the ATS. He is important since he is one of the three persons who planted the bomb in 2006, which killed several people. Two others in the team — Ramji Kalsanghra and Sandeep Dange — are absconding. Muthalik’s arrest may help the ATS make sense out of the case and also help investigating agencies in their search for Dange and Kalasanghra.

Interestingly the confession of Swami Aseemanand, who is an accused in several blasts cases, does not make any mention of Muthalik. However, investigators say that this does not indicate that Muthalik was not involved since Aseemanand’s confession regarding the Malegaon incident is very vague. He only says that he met with Dange and Kalsanghra and both had told him that they had returned from Maharashtra and two days later he had read about the Malegaon blasts.

ATS sources say that Muthalik was part of the gang which executed the Malegaon attack. They are not sure whether he had any role to play in the other blasts in which the names of his accomplices, Dange and Kalsanghra, have cropped up.

Many other agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation and the National Investigation Agency will want to quiz Muthalik. Apart from information regarding the other two missing accomplices, Muthalik may also have information regarding the sourcing of the RDX used in the blasts, which still remains a mystery.

An earlier version that Purohit had stolen them from the army and sourced it for the Malegaon blast has not been established and the ATS has been hoping that Muthalik will provide those answers.
Muthalik’s interrogation will be very crucial for investigators as they try and join the dots in the case.

Why did Purohith want to kill Indresh Kumar?

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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.

No ‘Samjautha’ between MP cops & NIA

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The National Investigating Agency has a tough task ahead as it continues its investigation of the Samjautha blasts which left nearly 60 persons dead. Like the rest of the agencies which are not investigating, but reinvestigating the various cases such as Malegaon, Ajmer and Mecca Masjid, the Samjautha blasts case too falls under the same bracket.

The biggest problem that the NIA faces today is that two very crucial persons alleged to be related to this case are dead. The name of Sunil Joshi has been doing the rounds for quite some time and does find a mention on several occasions in the Swami Aseemanand confession. The other name that has now cropped up is that of Ramprasad Kalouta from Madhya Pradesh.

Two days back the NIA had visited a village called Giroda in Madhya Pradesh to find out more about the death of Kalouta. Earlier his death which had been dismissed as a suicide has now taken another turn with investigators believing that it could have been a case of murder.

Investigations so far have led to the fact that both Kalouta and Joshi were linked. It is said that Kalouta had helped Joshi undertake the Samjautha blasts of 2007. They are also trying to find out whether Kalouta had helped Joshi with the other blasts which have been mentioned in the Swami Aseemanand confession. Sources say that at first it was made out that Kalouta had committed suicide as he was involved in a financial dispute and a case to this effect was on. However further investigations showed that he had been murdered and his body thrown near a railway track.

The name of Kalouta first cropped up during the time of the failed Nanded operation. There was a major swoop down at that point of time and the police had managed to pick up four persons in connection with that blast. The perpetrators of this operation were worried at that point of time and even wanted to disguise the entire operation. From the area of operation the police had also managed to seize fake beards and white caps which was an indication that these persons wanted to disguise the entire operation.

However at this point of time following police action, Kalouta who was believed to have been with the rest of the accused such as Himanshu ( who died assembling the bomb) Manoharrao Pande and Bhanurao Vithalrao Choudhary managed to flee and gain entry into Madhya Pradesh. The investigators now believe that he could have been killed by his own clan since they did not want him spilling the beans. Moreover he was close to Joshi who knew too much about the operation and they did not want the trail leading to him. However sources pointed out that these are preliminary findings and they would looking at the case from this perspective as well.

However the task for the NIA does not appear to be one bit easy. The death of the prime accused Joshi is a major stumbling block and they will have to work their way around this. Kalouta too falls under the same league and the NIA would first try and ascertain as to who killed him.

In addition to this there are also other problems such as the destruction of evidence. A big part of the evidence was the mobile phone belonging to Joshi which is believed to have had details of the Samjautha blasts. However on investigation they have stumbled upon another mobile phone which has absolutely no details and they believe that it has been replaced. However this has not happened recently but was done immediately after his murder. The investigators believe that the reason for Joshi’s murder is also very similar to that of Kalouta. When the NIA landed at the house Joshi they drew a blank since all articles that belonged to him had been moved and destroyed. The diaries were missing, a revolver belonging to him could not be found and more importantly his mobile phone had been inter-changed.

Over the days the NIA would meet more often with the Madhya Pradesh police and the latter will have a lot of explaining to do. They would try digging out details as to why the police had not pursued the case relating to the mobile phone any further. It as said that it was the MP police which retrieved the mobile and had not pursued it any further despite knowing fully well that it had been inter-changed. In addition to this they would also want to see whether the murders of both Joshi and Kalouta have any connection since as of now that is what the belief among the investigators is. The NIA feels that a lot of evidence surrounding the murder of Joshi has surprisingly appeared and disappeared and they would want a detailed explanation from the Madhya Pradesh police.

Another aspect that is being investigated is why the case of the pipe bombs never came to light. It was clear that Joshi and his men had been assembling bombs to carry out a blast but the case was never investigated thoroughly. However the NIA will now investigate and interrogate a businessman by the name Rajesh Mishra who is alleged to have supplied the raw material for the preparation of these pipe bombs. This will be a crucial part of the investigation since the pipe bombs that were being prepared in Bhopal are very similar to the one that was used in the Mecca Masjid blasts.

The Madhya Pradesh police which has come under the scanner following the NIA’s re-probe however says that they will cooperate. Sanjay Rana the Inspector General of Police, Indore Range under which jurisdiction this case falls says that they will extend any help required and they have already began summoning documents pertaining to the death of Kalouta.

The NIA says that although Aseemanand makes mentions about the Samjautha blasts in his confession statement, it is still a long way to go since there are too many dots to be joined. They will have to look at all the cases (Nanded, Jalna, Parbhani, Mecca Masjid, Ajmer and Malegaon) together since they are inter-linked and only then can a clear picture emerge.

Diggy has gone berserk

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Congress leader, Digvijay Singh made yet another controversial remark when he alleged that the Madhya Pradesh leaders from the BJP had shielded the accused in the Samjautha Blasts which eventually helped them get away. He further went on to allege that the trio, Sunil Joshi (now deceased), Ramji Kalasanghra and Dange had the blessings of the BJP leaders and also the government in that state.

The Madhya Pradesh government has however not taken these reactions lightly and say that Singh is at it again and these statements by him will only ensure that the Congress gets wiped out even as an opposition party in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Advisor to the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, G V L Narasimha Rao rubbishes these allegations and says that the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh had no role to play in this and had never shielded any of the accused. In this interview with rediff.com he goes on to say that the government of MP has and will only be fair when such things are concerned and whoever the culprits are they have to be brought to book.

How has the BJP in Madhya Pradesh reacted to the latest Diggy leak on the Samjautha blasts case?

He is being reckless in his words and the latest statement by him has made him a laughing stock in Madhya Pradesh. Earlier this man used to be a label of credibility but today the general impression in the state is that he is a man who has gone berserk.

It is a fact that the three persons he refers to are from Indore and they managed to get away.

We are all here framing and passing judgments on the basis of a confessional statement. Let me assure you that if there are some people alleged to be involved in this case then rest assured they will be brought to book.

But has the government opened its eyes to this new concept called as terror by Saffron elements?

For me it seems like mindless politics. The likes of Rahul Gandhi says that Lashkar-e-Tayiba is less dangerous compared to Hindu terror. What ever happened to the claim by the American investigators who too had pointed out that the Samjautha blasts were the handiwork of the Lashkar. It is mindless politics according to me.

Coming back to Digvijay Singh, have his statements caused a dent in the image of the BJP in Madhya Pradesh?

Not at all. I do not understand why he is making such baseless statements. If he continues to do so then Congress will also lose its opposition status in Madhya Pradesh. Personally Digvijay has lost all his credibility and if he thinks he will return to power by making such statements then he is mistaken.

Are all of you in denial regarding this new phenomenon in the world of terrorism?

A statement by Aseemanand is not enough to substantiate things. Just because Rahul Gandhi says that Hindu terror is more dangerous, that does not become the truth. These persons have gone public with their mindless statements without understanding the repercussions of passing such remarks.

Has the Madhya Pradesh government been cooperative with the probe on Samjautha?

Yes why not? The investigations are not happening within the state. There are links to the state which have been spoken about. Aseemanand’s claims are yet to be substantiated and Sunil Joshi is dead. The MP government has nothing to do with the probe into this case. The investigation is being carried out by the NIA. Let them do their job. I do not think it is fair for a Digvijay to make statements at such a juncture and trust me if he continues to do so it will only help the BJP in Madhya Pradesh.

Will the Madhya Pradesh government cooperate in this case?

If a formal request is made then it sure will cooperate. Any state government is obligated to extend support in such matters. The government will be fair in this case.

The connection is Indore since these men according to investigations were from this place. Is the government aware that there are fringe elements who can carry out terror activities?

The chief of the RSS, Mohan Bhagwat already said that none of them belong to the organization. If they have had something to do with the organization in the past then it is only unfair to blame the RSS now. These persons do not have any links to the RSS. If they are fringe elements and they are found in this state then the government will only deal with them in the manner in which they are to be dealt with. The government will clean the mess and as I said earlier the culprits will be brought to book.

Is Madhya Pradesh the hub for such elements?

No that is not correct. All these people say a lot about this case. I would like to pose a counter question to all these people including you. You need to understand that this is something that has been beaten to death to serve political ends and trust me it will boomerang. Have all the rest of the cases been solved. Barring the 26/11 case no other case has been taken to its logical end. Why is there no word on the Jaipur blasts? Why are people not talking about the twin blasts in Hyderabad and also what about the train bombings of 2006? There seems to be no progress in the Delhi blasts. On the contrary the Congress leaders go to Azamgarh and convince the people there that they have nothing to do with all these blasts. What sort of a precedent are these people setting? All this looks very political to me.

A crime is a crime and each case needs to be dealt with individually.

I agree, but I also must add that there should be no over enthusiasm in such cases so as to create a hype to serve political ends. All this will harm them and also security. At no point of time am I even suggesting that the real culprits should not be brought to book.