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'Bombs Should Be The Reply To Bombs'

'Bombs Should Be The Reply To Bombs'

After dining, Sunil, Bharatbhai and Pragya Singh and I sat together, separately from the other four. I suggested that Malegaon (Maharashtra) has an 80 per cent Muslim population, so we could start nearby; the first bomb should be planted there. Then I said the Nizam of Hyderabad had opted to go with Pakistan at the time of Independence, so Hyderabad should be taught a lesson. I said Ajmer was a place where many Hindus too visit the Dargah... a bomb in Ajmer would scare Hindus and they would stop going there. I also suggested a bomb at Aligarh Muslim University because Muslim youths would be there. They all agreed to my suggestions... Sunil Joshi was asked to do a recce of the four places. He also suggested that since only Pakistanis travel by the Samjhauta Express between India and Pakistan, the train too should be bombed. He took the responsibility for this himself. Sunil Joshi said they had procured pistols and SIM cards from Jharkhand. He said Yogi Aditya Nath and Rajeshwar Singh had not helped. Sunil Joshi said a blast on the Samjhauta Express could not be carried out using a SIM and we would need chemicals. The chemicals would be arranged by Sandeep. Sunil Joshi said there should be three teams for the blast. The first team would handle finances, the second would assemble the material, the third would plant the bomb. Sunil Joshi said it was best that none of the three groups knew the others. He took the responsibility of recruiting the three teams. Our meeting ended with this discussion and I was given charge of arranging finances and hideouts. Sandeep’s job was to make and store the bomb. Sunil Joshi said none of the members in any group would ask questions about any of the others, because one arrest would mean everyone else getting caught.

Thus reads the alleged confession of  Naba Kumar Sarkar, 59 — popularly known as Swami Aseemanand —said to have been recorded in Hindi, and first made available by Tehelka on its website.

The Indian Express today carried excerpts from the translation by Rahul Tripathi

As per Tehelka:

Kaleem, a cell phone seller, was arrested and tortured in 2007 for a blast at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad. He spent a year-and-half in jail before being acquitted. Soon after, he was back in jail on another charge, when he met Swami Aseemanand. The Swami was struck by the boy’s kindness. When he heard that Kaleem was blamed for a blast that he and his comrades had done, he was profoundly affected and decided to confess as an act of penance.

PTI quoted RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today as saying that while "there were some members in the Sangh who had radical views but they were told to leave the organisation since this "extremism" will not work in the outfit".

Incidentally, a forwarded e-mail points us to the following news item in the RSS mouthpiece, the Organiser dated January 08, 2006:

Shri Guruji Samman to Swami Asimanand
Pathey Kan
Noted saint and Shradha Jagaran Pramukh of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Swami Asimanand was honoured with Shri Guruji Samman in Jaipur on December 10. Pejawar Swami Vishveshteertha Maharaj presented him a shawl, a memento and a cheque of Rs 100, 000 as mark of the honour. The award has been instituted by Shankar Smriti Samiti in the birth centenary year of Shri Guruji, the second Sarsangachalak of RSS. Senior BJP leader and former HRD Minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi was the chief speaker at the function. Prominent among those who were present on the occasion include Shri Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi, Rajasthan BJP president, Dr Taradutt ?Nirvirodha?, Prant Prachar Pramukh of Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad, Shri Chandraraj Lodha and Shri Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi. In the picture Swami Asimanand (left) receiving the award from Pejawar Swami Vishveshteerth Maharaj in Jaipur.

The forwarded e-mail goes on to point out:

Swami Asimanand receives this award in December 2006. The Malegaon Bomb Blast Took place in September 2006. The Samjhauta Express Bombing took place in February 2007. The Mecca Majid Bombing took place in May 2007. The Ajmer Sharif Bomb Blast took place in October 2007

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