Abhinav Bharat a terrorist group: Maha police

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 18:53

New Delhi: The Maharashtra government has
been suggested by the state police to include right-wing
groups Sanatan Sanstha and Abhinav Bharat under the category
of banned terrorist organisations, the Rajya Sabha was
informed on Wednesday.
The names of both the groups came up during the
investigations of the Goa and the Malegaon blasts case.

"In the Goa blast case, the name of Sanatan Sanstha has
come up and in Malegaon case of 2008, the name of Abhinav
Bharat has come up during investigations. In the bomb blast
case of Malegaon 2006, as per the investigation conducted by
ATS Mumbai and the CBI, Student Islamic Movement of India
(SIMI) activists were involved...

"The matter is still under investigation," Minister of
State for Home Affairs Jitendra Singh said in a written reply.

He said that Maharashtra Police recommended the state
government to include both the groups in the Schedule of
Terrorist Organisations under Section 35 of the Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Act, (UAPA) 1967.
SIMI is included as a terrorist organisation under the
UAPA.

The minister said that name of "no specific organisation
has been confirmed as yet in the investigations into the
Samjhauta, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer dargah blasts cases.

"However, among the accused persons in these cases viz.
late Sunil Joshi and Swami Aseemanad, Devendra Gupta and
Lokesh Sharma, who have been arrested and chargesheeted, were
reportedly earlier involved in the activities of Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)."

"This was revealed during the course of investigation and
also from the confessional statements of Swami Aseemanand,"
Singh said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 18:53

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