New Delhi: The CPI(M) on Thursday castigated the
central government for "lack of firmness" in dealing with
Hindutva extremists and demanded a coordinated probe into the
attacks in Malegaon, Hyderabad and Ajmer allegedly carried out
by these outfits.
"The terrorist attacks in Malegaon, Hyderabad and Ajmer
must be seen as the handiwork of a network of Hindutva
extremist groups. They are a mirror image of their Muslim
counterparts. What is required therefore is a coordinated
investigation into all these attacks.
"It is inexplicable why cases involving the Hindutva
terrorist attacks have not been handed over for investigation
by the newly set up National Investigation Agency," barring
the Goa blast case, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said.
In an editorial in the forthcoming issue of party organ
`People`s Democracy`, he said the UPA government has shown
"lack of clarity and firmness in dealing with Hindutva terror.
Hopefully, the latest revelations regarding the Ajmer and
Hyderabad blasts will end this pusillanimous approach".
Observing that intelligence and security agencies have
been "reluctant to recognise this reality", he said "they are
fixated on terrorism emanating from Muslim extremism and its
external links. Otherwise, the investigation into the horrific
Samjhauta Express blast would not have reached a dead end. The
target was the train to Pakistan filled with Muslims.
"Yet, stories were planted of extremist groups from
Pakistan being responsible for this gruesome attack."
Noting that it was "no longer possible to deny that
Hindutva terrorism is a reality", he alleged that the police
and investigating agencies "did not make serious efforts to
probe further and establish the culprits and their links with
the Hindutva organisations" in several cases.
He said the Hindu extremist outfits had targeted Muslims
at places of worship in all the three places in Ajmer,
Malegaon and Hyderabad.
Maintaining that "preconceived notions" in the security
agencies about `Muslim terrorism` was "glaringly evident" in
the Mecca Masjid blast and Ajmer probes, he said scores of
Muslim youth were rounded up and many of them beaten and
"The latest revelation should bring about a correction in
the approach of the police and security agencies", he said.
Elements from within Hindutva outfits have taken to the
path of terrorist violence motivated by fanatical hatred, as
outfits like Abhinav Bharat and Sanathan Sanstha, allegedly
involved in these incidents, continued to "expound a
militaristic Hindutva spewing hatred against Muslims".