Aseemanand links Bhagwat to terror attacks: Report

RSS, however, denied charge and questioned veracity of interview with Aseemanand.

New Delhi | Updated: February 6, 2014 8:38 am
Aseemanand said that MOhan Bhagwat, then RSS general secretary, told him that the blasts should not be linked to the Sangh.(Express Archive) Aseemanand said that MOhan Bhagwat, then RSS general secretary, told him that the blasts should not be linked to the Sangh.(Express Archive)

Swami Aseemanand, accused in the blasts in the Samjhauta Express (February 2007), Hyderabad Mecca Masjid (May 2007) and Ajmer Dargah (October 2007), has claimed that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had “sanctioned” the attacks.

A report in The Caravan magazine quoted Aseemanand as saying that Bhagwat, then RSS general secretary, told him that the blasts should not be linked to the Sangh. “Aseemanand told The Caravan that Bhagwat said of the violence, ‘It is very important that it be done. But you should not link it to the Sangh’,” said a press release issued by the magazine on Wednesday.

The RSS, however, denied the charge and questioned the veracity of the interview with Aseemanand, who is currently in Ambala Central Jail. “It is a rubbish and concocted interview,” said the RSS’s all-India publicity chief Manmohan Vaidya.

“Aseemanand’s lawyer has issued a statement categorically stating that the contents of the article are false, baseless and concocted. He has also said that his client denies having given any such interview,” claimed RSS leader Ram Madhav. Speaking to The Indian Express, he said, “All the allegations are baseless. Even the authenticity of the interview is questionable. We do not want to comment on an interview, the veracity of which itself is questionable.”

The magazine has claimed that Aseemanand gave the interviews over a series of interactions — the audio tapes and transcripts were made public by the publication on Wednesday. “Over the course of our conversations, Aseemanand’s description of the plot in which he was involved became increasingly detailed. In our third and fourth interviews, he told me that his terrorist acts were sanctioned by the highest levels of the RSS — all the way up to Mohan Bhagwat, the current RSS chief, who was the organisation’s general secretary at the time,” said the report.

“Aseemanand told me about a meeting that allegedly took place in July 2005. After an RSS conclave in Surat, senior Sangh leaders including Bhagwat and Indresh Kumar, who is now on the organisation’s powerful seven-member national executive council, travelled to a temple in the Dangs, Gujarat, where Aseemanand was living… In a tent pitched by a river several kilometres away from the temple, Bhagwat and Kumar met with Aseemanand and his accomplice Sunil Joshi (who was killed in December 2007). Joshi informed Bhagwat of a plan to bomb several Muslim targets around India.

According to Aseemanand, both RSS leaders approved, and Bhagwat told him, ‘You can work on this with Sunil. We will not be involved, but if you are doing this, you can consider us to be with you’,” it said.

The report said Bhagwat granted his “blessings” for the attacks, and requested Aseemanand to “please do this”. The report quoted Aseemanand as saying, “Then they told me, ‘Swamiji, if you do this we will be at ease with it. Nothing wrong will happen then. Criminalisation nahin hoga (It will not be criminalised). If you do it, then people won’t say that we did a crime for the sake of committing a crime. It will be connected to the ideology. This is very important for Hindus. Please do this. You have our blessings’.”

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    Indus
    Feb 6, 2014 at 2:04 am
    More and More these type of rubbish stories will appear in the 'Secular Press' when the election is coming nearer and nearer
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      Ankit raj
      Feb 6, 2014 at 5:44 am
      A very explosive revelation by Aseemanad. RSS chief must come out clean on his own..
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        Ankit raj
        Feb 6, 2014 at 5:44 am
        A very explosive revelation by Aseemanad. RSS chief must come out clean on his own..
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          Ankit raj
          Feb 6, 2014 at 6:32 am
          Mohan Bhagwat must be questioned by CBI about Aseemanand’s revelations
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            Sandip Rudra
            Feb 6, 2014 at 8:54 am
            Another stunt by congress to woo Muslims. It appears they have made a cartoon of themselves before the elections.
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              Sandip Rudra
              Feb 6, 2014 at 8:54 am
              Another stunt by congress to woo Muslims. It appears they have made a cartoon of themselves before the elections.
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                abha
                Feb 6, 2014 at 5:59 am
                RSS and BJP are communal parties. they are increasing communal violence in the country. they should not come into power.
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                  abha
                  Feb 6, 2014 at 5:59 am
                  RSS and BJP are communal parties. they are increasing communal violence in the country. they should not come into power.
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                    anoop
                    Feb 6, 2014 at 6:06 am
                    A special CBI team should be made to investigate this issue. RSS chief should be questioned and punished if found guilty.
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                      anoop
                      Feb 6, 2014 at 6:06 am
                      A special CBI team should be made to investigate this issue. RSS chief should be questioned and punished if found guilty.
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                        Bloggervat Bloggervat
                        Feb 6, 2014 at 3:24 am
                        Who stopped the govt from filing a chargesheet and sentencing them? If at all any RSS cadre or president was involved? Cheap acts by secular congress and it's secular pressmen Shekar Gupta and Chawla
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                          Bloggervat Bloggervat
                          Feb 6, 2014 at 3:24 am
                          Who stopped the govt from filing a chargesheet and sentencing them? If at all any RSS cadre or president was involved? Cheap acts by secular congress and it's secular pressmen Shekar Gupta and Chawla
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                            anuj
                            Feb 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm
                            आरएसएस और भाजपा के असली रूप हिन्दुत्व और राष्ट्रवाद के बहाने सेक्युर्लिस्म का ्खा पहनाना है.
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                              anuj
                              Feb 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm
                              आरएसएस और भाजपा के असली रूप हिन्दुत्व और राष्ट्रवाद के बहाने सेक्युर्लिस्म का ्खा पहनाना है.
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                                arjun
                                Feb 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm
                                मोहन भागवत से अगर सीबीआई पूछताछ करेगी भी तो उनके पक्ष में मोदी हैं न. पहुंचेंगे सीबीआई के पास अपनी गर्मा-गर्म चाय लेकर मोहन की वकालत करने.
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                                  arjun
                                  Feb 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm
                                  मोहन भागवत से अगर सीबीआई पूछताछ करेगी भी तो उनके पक्ष में मोदी हैं न. पहुंचेंगे सीबीआई के पास अपनी गर्मा-गर्म चाय लेकर मोहन की वकालत करने.
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                                    vishnu
                                    Feb 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm
                                    A mive explosive revelation by Aseemanad. RSS chief must come out clean on his own. How RSS and BJP will defend Mohan Bhagwat’s role in these cases?. They must allow law to take its own course.
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                                      vishnu
                                      Feb 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm
                                      A mive explosive revelation by Aseemanad. RSS chief must come out clean on his own. How RSS and BJP will defend Mohan Bhagwat’s role in these cases?. They must allow law to take its own course.
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                                        pooja
                                        Feb 7, 2014 at 6:32 am
                                        Both parties RSS and BJP are poison for our society. So we have to stop them. they destroy the our nation.
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                                          Abdul Aziz
                                          Feb 6, 2014 at 9:18 am
                                          Bomb blasts at Indian cities were planned and conspired by highest level of RSS ranks and officials. All of them should be brought to justice, emanand is just a small pawn and field solder who planted bombs.
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                                            Abdul Aziz
                                            Feb 6, 2014 at 10:56 am
                                            why nation Investigation agencies still waiting for, should grill Bhagwat
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