New Delhi, Feb 16: The CPI(M) today launched a sharp attack on the RSS over the arrest of an activist in connection with the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast, alleging “yet another” link between the organisation and terror has been established despite denials by the Sangh.
“Yet another link to the terror web cast by the RSS and its affiliates has been established with the arrest of one Kamal Chauhan by the National Investigation Agency for his alleged involvement in the terrorist bomb blast on the Samjhauta Express,” senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury alleged.
Maintaining that Chauhan was a “longstanding RSS activist from Madhya Pradesh”, he said, “crucial leads indicating the involvement of RSS and its affiliates” in the Samjhauta bombing came after investigations established that these outfits were linked with terror strikes at Malegaon (September 8, 2008), Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad (May 18, 2007) and the Ajmer Sharif Dargah (October 11, 2007).
“These have established the RSS links in creating this web of Hindutva terror,” Yechury said in an editorial in the forthcoming issue of CPI(M) organ ‘People's Democracy'.
Observing that terrorism has no religion, he said the CPI(M) had in 2008 drawn government's attention at a meeting of the National Integration Council on “the involvement of Bajrang Dal or other RSS tentacles in various bomb blasts across the country”.
He said “disillusionment” had set in amongst sections of the RSS after the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government's “alleged dilution of the core Hindutva agenda” by putting on the back-burner issues like Ayodhya to appease NDA allies for the government's survival.
Yechury also alleged that “the apparent refusal to replicate nationwide the 2002 communal genocide in Gujarat (was also) believed to be the reason for the rise of militant Hindutva terror.”