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RSS may press charges against Shinde, RK Singh over terror camps comments

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Jan 23, 2013 at 02:32pm IST

New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is likely to press charges against Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Home Secretary RK Singh for their comments linking the Sangh to terror strikes in the country. RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav said that the organisation is contemplating on filing a case against Shinde and Singh.

The duo had said that many terror attacks in the country in the last several years had been planned in the training camps run by the RSS and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Shinde had also blamed the organisations for promoting Hindu terrorism.

"Training camps of both BJP and RSS are promoting Hindu terrorism. Whether it is Samjhauta blast or *mos1 Mecca Masjid blast or Malegaon blast, they plant bombs and blame it on the minorities," Shinde had said.

The Home Minister later said that whatever he had said was already in public domain. "What I said has already been reported. I have said nothing new," he said.

The Home Secretary had backed Shinde and claimed on Tuesday that at

least 10 people allegedly involved in terror attacks had links

with the RSS.

"After investigation into Samjhauta Express blast, Mecca Masjid blast and Ajmer Sharif blast, we have 10 names of those who were associated with the RSS at some point or the other," said the Union Home Secretary.

The Union Home Secretary named Sunil Joshi, Sandeep Dange, Lokesh Sharma, and Aseemanand among those who figure in the terror list. "We have evidence against them," said the Union Home Secretary.

The statement from the Home Secretary came after the RSS attacked Shinde over his statement, demanding his apology. Terming it as an irresponsible statement from the Home Minister, RSS member Manmohan Vaidya said, "This will only weaken our fight against terrorism."

"The Home Secretary's statement this evening...he showed undue haste in coming to the rescue of his political masters which is unbecoming of any bureaucrat in this country," Madhav said. Madhav said the Sangh took strong exception to Singh's remark that these people were involved in terror cases, as probe was still going on and these cases was yet to go before the court.

"To link all those people with the RSS is another big lie that he is trying to perpetuate through his statement and we are strongly condemning his statement on this purported link," Madhav said. The RSS spokesperson said that if the Home Secretary could list the name of people in five cases, he should also release list of all people who were involved in all the cases of communal riots and bomb blasts.

"The Home Secretary has openly come out today trying to influence the investigations. We will now consider legal options to take up this matter now. We will take recourse to legal action against the Home Secretary," he added. "To link RSS with these cases is a deliberate political move. We can understand politicians doing it, but we cannot understand the home secretary of the country coming out and doing this. I don't know what the motivation is," Madhav said.

Referring to the reaction of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the RSS said, "Shinde has not only strengthened Pakistani terrorist outfits by his statement, but also demoralised our forces."

The BJP also hit out at Shinde over the issue with party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad saying that remarkable achievements of India's diplomatic efforts is undermined by these comments.

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