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It took 3-4 yrs to convince my party on RSS terror: Digvijay

Last Updated: Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 15:23

New Delhi: Senior Congress party leader
Digvijay Singh has said it took him three-four years to
convince his party about terror activities allegedly done at
the behest of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS).

He also attacked the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh government
for not handing over the probe into the murder of RSS activist
Sunil Joshi, accused in the Samjhauta Express blast case, to
National Investigating Agency (NIA).

"It took me three to four years to convince my government
(that RSS is involved in terror activities)," he said.

He was replying to questions on recent reports on
`Sanghi` terror when he had claimed to have sufficient
evidence about it while he was the Madhya Pradesh chief
minister between 1993-2003.

"The key to whole RSS terror is murder of Sunil Joshi. If
the NIA does not investigate the case, the truth would never
come to light," he said.

Joshi, who was shot dead at Dewas (Madhya Pradesh) in
December 2007, was a key suspect in blast in Samjhauta Express
-- the rail link between India and Pakistan -- that killed
more than 65 people.

Singh, Congress party`s general secretary and incharge of
Uttar Pradesh, raised doubts over the authenticity of 2008
Batla House encounter by Delhi Police Special Cell in which
two Indian Mujahideen suspects Atif Ameen and Mohd Sajid were

"I have seen the photographs... Can we shoot five bullets
on somebody`s head in an encounter. This is not an
encounter... I went to the Prime Minister and an enquiry by
National Human Rights Commission was ordered. NHRC should have
called the aggrieved party which it did not, which is my
complaint," he said.

Referring to his visit to Azamgarh, the town in Uttar
Pradesh from where some of the alleged terrorists involved in
the Batla encounter hail, the Congress leader said "When I
went to Azamgarh I was opposed both by RSS and Ulemna

"It worries me that there are educated Muslims boys
(suspected to be involved in terrorists acts)...If these sort
of allegations are put, it will be dangerous...I told them
(victims families) that what I can give you is a fair and
speedy trial. Then I requested the government to club all the
cases together," he said.

The NIA is probing three blast cases -- Mecca Masjid,
Ajmer Sharif and Malegaon -- suspected to be carried out by
right-wing activists.


First Published: Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 15:23

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