Call for immediate ban on Bajrang Dal, VHP
- Call for immediate ban on Bajrang Dal, VHP
New Delhi: Monthly magazine Communalism Combat has called for an
immediate ban on the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad for
their “involvement in spreading terror across the country.”
The demand was made on Thursday at a press conference addressed jointly
by Justice (retd.) B.G. Kolse Patil, former Director-General of Gujarat
Police R.B. Sreekumar, film-maker Mahesh Bhatt and Editor of
Communalism Combat Teesta Setalvad.
They said a ban on the two organisations assumed urgency in the wake of
the mayhem spread by them in Orissa as well as revelations of their
involvement in terror networks in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. They
also called upon the government to constitute an official tribunal,
comprising three sitting judges of the Supreme Court, to oversee
investigations into all terror-related crimes.
Mr. Justice Kolse Patil said that though there was mounting evidence of
the Bajrang Dal’s involvement in bomb-making activities, not a single
case was pursued to its logical end.
Ms. Setalvad said a “mountain of damning evidence” was available to
incriminate the Bajrang Dal in the bomb blasts that took place at the
residence of a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker in Nanded in
Maharashtra in April 2006. As recently as last week, two Bajrang Dal
activists died in an explosion while assembling bombs in Kanpur. The
two men left behind explosive materials enough for several terror
strikes, she alleged.
Ms. Setalvad spoke specifically of the Nanded bomb blast case that
claimed the lives of Naresh Kondwar and Himanshu Panse, both active
workers of the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. The case was
handed over to the Anti-Terrorism Squad of Maharashtra on May 4, 2006.
Quoting from the two charge sheets filed by the ATS, Ms. Setalvad made
the following points: Kondse and Panse were assembling bombs with the
intention of targeting Muslim places of worship. The house where the
bombs were manufactured belonged to RSS worker Laxman Rajkondwar.
Diaries, important documents, suspicious maps and mobile numbers were
unearthed from the house, which led the ATS to a terror trail spread
over Parbhani, Jalna and Purna.
Ms. Setalvad said the ATS charge sheets revealed that as many as three
dozen Bajrang Dal workers from all over Maharashtra received systematic
training from experts in bomb-making and bomb explosion. Despite this
clinching evidence, the CBI watered down the findings in its own charge
sheet filed in 2008, allowing the accused to be released on bail.
Ms. Setalvad announced that she and the other speakers would soon move
the Supreme Court in order to bring to its attention the discrepancy in
the charge sheets of the ATS and the CBI.