Hindu terror - The Mirror Explodes


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Scenes from 2000 Bajrang Dal training recruits at a camp in Ayodhya
hindu terror
The Mirror Explodes
Hindu terror is a reality, yet India refuses to utter its name
Smruti Koppikar, Debarshi Dasgupta, Snigdha Hasan

Unfinished stories, goes an old idiom in Ajmer, find their denouement in Khwaja Moinuddin Chishtis shrine. Perhaps, unfinished investigations do too. Two-and-a-half years after low-intensity blasts ripped apart the courtyard of the centuries-old shrine, the Rajasthan police arrested three menDevendra Gupta, Vishnu Prasad and Chandrashekhar Patidar. Gupta, an RSS worker, was suspected to have bought the mobile phone and SIM card that triggered off the October 2007 blast in which three were killed. Till their arrest on April 30 this year, the story narrated by the investigators, lapped up by the establishment and reiterated in large sections of the media was that the Ajmer blast was the handiwork of jehadi terrorists.

The SIM-mobile phone-detonated bombs are similar in Ajmer and Mecca Masjid blasts, with RDX-TNT mix in proportion used by the Indian army.

The one troubling questionwould jehadis target Muslim devout at a dargah?can have complicated answers, as the body count at Lahores Data Ganj Baksh would testify. But in India, the question wasnt even deemed worthy of being asked as a reasonable line of inquiry. The needle of suspicion remained firmly and automatically fixed on Islamic terroristsyoung men from the community were detained at various stages of the investigation and interrogated at lengthuntil the trail finally led to Gupta and pointed to radical Hindu nationalist groups instead. Says Rajasthan Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Kapil Garg: We have arrested some people of that religion (Hinduism) and were dead sure were on the right track.

May 18, 2007 Doom Friday Mecca Masjid was rocked by a pipe bomb​
In Hyderabad too, the CBI team believes it is on the right track, finally, in the Mecca Masjid bomb blasts case. Four men belonging to radical Hindu groups were arrested this May for triggering a high-intensity bomb that went off in the masjid complex in May 2007, killing 14 and injuring some 50. At that time, the Hyderabad police had said it was most likely the work of the Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami (HuJI), backed by local logistical support; some 26 Muslim men were picked up, interrogated, forced to confess and detained for up to six months.

The terror trail in India changed after the Maharashtra ATSs investigations into the 2008 Malegaon blasts, which alerted them to Abhinav Bharat.

The story followed this script till the CBI found evidence to the contrary: the SIM card-and-mobile phone-detonated explosives packed in metal tubes were strikingly similar to the Ajmer blasts contraption. Tellingly, both bombs are believed to have 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. Around the same time, officers of the National Investigating Agency (NIA) filed a chargesheet in a Panjim court accusing 11 people, all Hindus and members of the ultra-right-wing Sanathan Sanstha, of masterminding and executing the October 2009 Margao blasts that killed the two people ferrying the explosives to a local festival. Investigation in Punes German Bakery blast this February has run aground after the initial suspicion, detaining and interrogation of suspected Muslim men, some believed to be members of sleeper cells of jehadi groups or the Indian Mujahideen (IM). When Abdul Samad was arrested last month, the Maharashtra ATS actively encouraged the understanding that he was the man caught on CCTV cameras in the bakery that night. However, Samad was never charged with the blast and subsequently let off in other cases too.

Malegaon Blasts II: September 29, 2008
Deadly Bike The bomb here was mounted on a Hero Honda (Reuters, From Outlook July 19, 2010 Issue)​
Malegaon Blasts-I
September 8, 2006
37 dead

  • Initial arrests: Arrested include Salman Farsi, Farooq Iqbal Makhdoomi, Raees Ahmed, Noorul Huda Samsudoha and Shabbir Batterywala.
  • Later revelation: Suspicion now rests on Hindu terrorists because of the 2008 blasts.
Samjhauta Express Blasts
February 18, 2007
68 dead, mostly Pakistanis

  • Initial suspicion: LeT and JeM were blamed. Those arrested included Pakistani national Azmat Ali.
  • Later revelation: Police have seen the evidence trail lead to right-wing Hindu activists. Investigators claim the triggering mechanism for the Mecca masjid blast three months later was similar to the one used here. Police are looking for RSS pracharaks Sandeep Dange and Ramji.
Mecca Masjid Blast
May 18, 2007
14 dead
  • Initial arrests: Around 80 Muslims detained for questioning and 25 arrested. Several have now been acquitted, including Ibrahim Junaid, Shoaib Jagirdar, Imran Khan and Mohammed Adul Kaleem.
  • Later revelation: In June 2010 the CBI announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh for information on the two accused, Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra. Lokesh Sharma arrested.
Ajmer Sharif Blast
October 11, 2007
3 dead
  • Initial arrests: HuJI, LeT blamed. Those arrested include Abdul Hafiz Shamim, Khushibur Rahman, Imran Ali.
  • Later revelation: In 2010, Rajasthan ATS arrests Devendra Gupta, Chandrashekhar and Vishnu Prasad Patidar. Accused Sunil Joshi, who was killed weeks before the blast, is believed to have been a key planner.
Thane Cinema Blast
June 4, 2008
  • Affiliated to Hindu Janjagruti Samiti and Sanathan Sanstha, Ramesh Hanumant Gadkari and Mangesh Dinkar Nikam arrested. Blast planned to oppose the screening of Jodhaa Akbar.
Kanpur And Nanded Bomb Mishaps
August 2008
  • Two members of Bajrang DalRajiv Mishra and Bhupinder Singhwere killed while assembling bombs in Kanpur. In April 2006, N. Rajkondwar and H. Panse from the same outfit died under similar circumstances in a bomb-making workshop in Nanded.
Malegaon Blasts II
September 29, 2008
7 dead
  • Initial suspicion: Groups like Indian Mujahideen involved
  • Later revelation: Abhinav Bharat and Rashtriya Jagaran Manch accused of involvement. Arrested include Pragya Singh Thakur, Lt Col Srikant Purohit and Swami Amritanand Dev Tirth, also known as Dayanand Pandey.
Goa Blasts
October 16, 2009
  • 2 dead Both accused are members of the Sanathan Sanstha. Malgonda Patil and Yogesh Naik were riding a scooter laden with explosives, which accidentally went off.
Terror trails in India dramatically changed with the Malegaon blasts investigation in September-October 2008. Led by then Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who was subsequently killed on the night of 26/11, the investigation pointed to Abhinav Bharat (AB), an ultra-right-wing Pune-based organisation established in 2005-06, and its members or affiliates. What Karkares teams managed to uncover is part of recent history and should have become the basis of examining and monitoring the new phenomenon of Hindutva terror but didnt.

For a decade, stories of Hindu terror have been trickling in. Instead of a systematic investigation, its been an event-to-event probe so far.

The Hindutva links to Mecca Masjid, Ajmer and other low-intensity blasts have been in the public domain for close to two years; the signs were visible since 2002-03 when an ied found at the Bhopal railway station was traced back to local Hindutva activists Ramnarayan Kalsangra and Sunil Joshi. They were questioned, but no evidence was found. Yet, it prompted Congress leader Digvijay Singh to declare a Bajrang Dal hand. Later in 2006, there were explosions in the houses of Hindutva activists in Nanded and Kanpur, where ieds were being prepared. Through that year, mosques in several towns in MaharashtraPurna, Parbhani, Jalnawere rocked by low-intensity blasts; the Nanded one was meant for a mosque in Aurangabad. Recovered with a map of Aurangabad were false beards and Muslim male outfits. That should have been warning enough. However, till May-June this year, the establishment did not either see these warning signals or chose to ignore themexcept for a brief two-month period in 2008 when Karkare led the Malegaon probe. Now, it may be difficult to sustain the denial. For the last 10 years, stories about Hindu right-wing violence have been trickling out. Instead of a systematic investigation, there has been an event-to-event investigation. The larger story has remained underinvestigated and under-reported, says Mumbai advocate and human rights campaigner Mihir Desai. The CBI is only now seeking directions from the Union 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.

Purohit had provided a link between Malegaon and Mecca Masjid blasts. But the police was chasing HuJI.

Malegaon 2008 provided the much-needed aperture to review the role of Hindutva groups. In September that year, eight people were killed and many injured in a low-intensity blast. The ATS investigation led to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, whose motorcycle was used to explode the bomb, and then to 13 others, including self-styled guru Dayanand Pandey and Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit, the first-ever serving officer to be charged. During interrogation, he had disclosed to ATS investigators that he had provided the RDX in the Mecca Masjid blasts too but the ATS was reportedly asked not to make it public as the Hyderabad police had detained HuJI suspects. The similarity with the Ajmer Sharif blasts was evident too.

Malegaon I - September 8, 2006 two bombs attached to cycles went off in a cemetery​
The 4,528-page chargesheet filed in the Malegaon case offers insight into the grand design of the Abhinav Bharat and its affiliates. Purohit, the Sadhvi and others had spoken to one another to avenge bomb attacks on Hindu shrines and had engineered a series of blasts with the larger ambition to establish a separate Hindu rashtra. Abhinav Bharatwhose original avatar was started by Veer Savarkar, later disbanded, and restarted by Himani Savarkarwas set up to achieve this ambition. This organised crime syndicate, states the chargesheet, wanted to adopt a national flag, that is, a solo-themed saffron flag with a golden border...with an ancient golden torch.

The one crucial missing link, who has been named by all accused in custody as the man, is Ramnarayan Kalsangra, an expert at assembling bombs.

Malegaon honoured Karkare by naming a chowk after himthe tribute of a relieved town to a man they believed would have led them to the truth about the September 2006 blasts too. Three bombs had gone off that Friday afternoon near a mosque and cemetery, killing 37 and injuring 100. Typically, Muslim men alleged to be members of the proscribed SIMI were picked up, interrogated and forced to confess. But the chargesheet had several loopholesmain accused Mohammed Zahid, though a SIMI activist, was leading prayers in a village 700 km from Malegaon that day; conspirator Shabbir Masiuallah had been in police custody a month before the blasts, police sketches made on the basis of eyewitness accounts showed clean-shaven men while all accused had kept beards for years. The Rajasthan ATS now believes that Devendra Gupta, linked to the Ajmer blasts, was in touch with AB members through RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi. Providing the other end of the link, the Maharashtra ATS says the Sadhvi, enraged when Joshi was killed by suspected SIMI activists in September 2007, ordered the 2008 Malegaon blast. Joshi has also been linked to the Samjhauta Express blasts which killed 68 people, all Pakistanis. The evidence has come from Purohits reported phone conversation as narrated by an unnamed witness.

Unholy deed A bomb in a schoolbag exploded during iftaar at the Ajmer Sharif
October 11, 2007​
Yet, the story has several loose ends, most critical among them being fugitives Ramnarayan Kalsangra, Swami Aseemanand and others. Kalsangra, investigators in Maharashtra and Rajasthan say, was introduced to Devendra Gupta by the Sadhvi and is believed to be an expert at assembling bombs. Finding Kalsangra is crucial since all accused in custody have named him as the man. Ajmer, Mecca Masjid, Malegaon, Samjhauta Express and several other blasts are clearly part of a larger story. Only when the CBI puts all the pieces together will the entire Hindutva terror picture emerge, if at all.
By Smruti Koppikar with Debarshi Dasgupta and Snigdha Hasan

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Last Updated on Sunday, 11 July 2010 06:53


Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Those skinny, ugly bastards can do fk all apart from kill innocents!.For centuries they were ruled by Muslim's then the British tookover which is why they're pi$$ed off because they've always been slaves, they can't remove this historical Muslim/Christian inferiority complex!.I tell you that during my school days i fought many Indian Hindu's kicking the s4it out of them for fun, nothing puts greater fear in their hearts today than the sight of a massive bearded Muslim man from FATA or Afghanistan!

We're ten times smaller in size still they're unable to conquer us, had it been the opposite we would have made them our slaves again but that is still destined to eventually happen sooner or later, inshallah so don't go anywhere!.We'll pay them back with interest...i promise you people that!


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Those skinny, ugly bastards can do fk all apart from kill innocents!.For centuries they were ruled by Muslim's then the British tookover which is why they're pi$$ed off because they've always been slaves, they can't remove this historical Muslim/Christian inferiority complex!.I tell you that during my school days i fought many Indian Hindu's kicking the s4it out of them for fun, nothing puts greater fear in their hearts today than the sight of a massive bearded Muslim man from FATA or Afghanistan!

We're ten times smaller in size still they're unable to conquer us, had it been the opposite we would have made them our slaves again but that is still destined to eventually happen sooner or later, inshallah so don't go anywhere!.We'll pay them back with interest...i promise you people that!

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The Dirty Blame Game


In the aftermath of the November 26th, 2008, attack in Mumbai, a number of fingers were pointed either in the direction of militant organizations based on Pakistani soil, or towards a carefully orchestrated operation designed by the notorious ISI of Pakistan. Isnt it surprising that hardly anyone, not even the media - even the so called independent media of India - begged to differ, and instead jumped on to the Pakistan bashing bandwagon?
The Wiki Leak cables once again have exposed information which should have never reached the public eye. The latest diplomatic cables have put horrific Mumbai attacks into a completely different light by giving an alternative to the clich of Pakistans nefarious designs to a much more grand conspiracy behind the infamous Mumbai fiasco. According to the source of the Wiki Leak entries, US Ambassador Timothy Roemer claimed that Rahul Gandhi had told him that Hindu-supremacist saffron terror was probably a greater threat to national security than Islamist terror.
It is mind-boggling why in recent years ultra-nationalist Hindu terrorism has completely been ignored to make way for the plausibility of Islamic terrorism being attributed to whatever acts of terror take place within the boundaries of India. And by doing this, India has been able to use such situations to its political and strategic gains. The animosity between the two nations of India and Pakistan is such that even a small incident can be blown out of proportion and the shared sentiment of hatred and resentment towards each other can be used to gain enough public support to carry out aggressive military and political campaigns.

Historically, the linking of Ganga hijacking case and the attack on the Indian parliament to external elements have acted as a catalyst to get the upper hand over Pakistan for strategic and political scenarios, especially as far as Indian public opinion during the 1971 War was concerned. For instance, in the aftermath of the attack on the Indian parliament India was able to mount enough pressure on Pakistan so that they had to withdraw their support for the freedom movement in Indian occupied Kashmir. The most surprising aspect of these cases is that even after protracted investigations - no conclusive evidence has ever been found which can attribute the responsibility of such actions on entirely Pakistan. These facets have in turn just made one conclusion about Pakistan, which India has been a major perpetuator of on the International front; that Pakistan is home to terrorist safe havens and the Pakistani establishment is not doing enough to curb such elements within its borders. Such a perception about Pakistan has done more harm than good, and being nuclear powers, the argument of the threat of the nuclear arms going into the hands of the Islamic as well as Hindu terrorists has become a major concern for every world power.
Recently, the Abhinav Bharat- a renowned ultra nationalist Hindu extremist organization - was found to be the sole perpetuator in Malegon, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif Blasts, but no action has yet been taken against them. In addition, the exposition of the leaked audio tapes related to the Malegon blasts had identified around 8 Indian Army officers for their alleged involvement in terror activities, who surprisingly are still on the run and are unlikely to be implicated in the near future. On the other hand, Lt. Col Purohits 2008 arrest in connection to the blasts in Western India and his alleged involvement in 2007 Samjhauta Express bombings seemed to be a step in the right direction, until the Indian and U.S. governments announced that Pakistani infiltrators were more likely suspects. Furthermore, in one of the released tapes, Lt. Col Purohit had explicitly mentioned that Israel had offered them political asylum, artillery and ammunition support for carrying out certain operations within Indias soil. Its baffling how all these incidents - including Israels alleged involvement - have gotten minimal media attention and all that government of India has done up till now has been to transfer the blame on Pakistans state and non-state actors.
There is no doubt that the leaked audio tapes have clearly identified a strong presence of Hindu extremist elements within the structures of the Indian army, and its about time that the Indian government should realize this and start acting accordingly. The main question is whether India will chose to focus on the grey areas by continuing to point its fingers towards Pakistan for its own strategic gains, or will they finally start acting on the black and white by realizing that terrorism within India is more of a home grown phenomenon rather than an externally infused threat?