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Govt transfers all Hindu terror cases to NIA

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Mar 21, 2011 at 07:35pm IST

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has issued an order for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take over all Hindu terror cases.

The cases include the murder case of RSS leader Sunil Joshi, who allegedly had a hand in the Samjhauta Express blast.

The Law Ministry will issue a notification in this regard shortly.

The Madhya Pradesh government, however, is unhappy with the development. It had already filed a chargesheet in Joshi murder case against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and four others.

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta questioned the need for the transferring the cases to the NIA now.

"The Centre and state governments must realise their limits. Maintaining law and order is to be done by the state and the Centre should not interfere," said Gupta.

"What is the need to transfer the case? Investigations have been done and now a chargesheet has also been filed," Gupta added.

Sources said investigations have indicated a link between Sunil Joshi, who allegedly had a hand in the Samjhauta Express blast, and the 2006 Nanded blast. Two people had died then allegedly while making a bomb. Sources also said CBI investigations showed that the two persons were known to Joshi and were sent by him for training in Nanded.

The sources said further investigations will establish if the two were being trained for any of the other terror attacks that Joshi masterminded. Joshi is believed to be involved in most Hindu terror cases from Mecca Masjid to Ajmer to Malegaon.

Reacting to the issue, senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said, "This is the most communal decision take by the Government. Terror is terror, why to communalise it? Such type of action even Muslims don’t like. This is the most corrupt and communal Government. Investigation on the basis of region is unacceptable."

"The tendency of the Central Government is to concentrate more powers on them and not to care about the federal spirit. They are encroaching upon the rights of the state governments, be in education or investigation," he added.

Following are some of the past terror cases that are linked to Hindu nationalist groups.

* The 2007 Samjhauta Express bombing is linked to Indian Army Officer Prasad Shrikant Purohit, a member of Hindu nationalist group Abhinav Bharat.

* In the 2008 Malegaon blasts, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur is the prime accused - she arranged for two men to plant the explosives.

* Investigation into the 2007 Ajmer Dargah Blast has led to the arrest of five RSS members including Swami Aseemanand.

* CBI questioned senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar for his alleged involvement in the May 18, 2007 blast in Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid.

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