‘UP govt’s move to free terror suspects dangerous’

Last Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 21:59

New Delhi: RSS has cautioned that the move by Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh to release all jailed "innocent" Muslims is "dangerous" akin to giving them a license to do anything and alleged freeing saffron terror suspects in the same way would raise a hue and cry.

The editorial in the latest edition of RSS mouthpiece "Organiser" charges UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is seen as promoting a "communal agenda for narrow, political gains".

"This is a dangerous move.... An announcement to release terror suspects assumes an alarming significance. It amounts to giving a veiled warning to the police to think several times before arresting the Muslims. The investigating agencies would come under tremendous pressure," it said.

It says that by making political announcements on freeing people from jail on the basis of religion, Yadav is giving a "license to the people of one community to do what they want" and the government would protect them.

Pointing out that if a government were to state that it does not believe in saffron terror and promised to release those jailed on "flimsy grounds", it would have resulted in a hue and cry.

Organiser insists Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Swami Aseemanand, arrested for their alleged involvement in Malegaon and other blasts, have been in jail for years on allegations that will "not stand scrutiny of law".

"That is the reason they are not being chargesheeted and the cases are not being pursued in earnest," RSS said.

The editorial also refers to a story in a weekly magazine on another accused Col Srikant Purohit which reportedly claims he is innocent.


First Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 21:59

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