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Jan 28-Feb 3, 2009


Rajatpal Singh MUMBAI

t a time when India’s brahamanical forces entrenched in most political parties have been able to stereotype the image of a “terrorist” as someone necessarily Muslim, an talk of political Islam, terrorism and the faith of Muslims is so often intertwined in clever ways and crooked strategies, it is important to pause from time to time and have a long, hard look at some real tangible evidence. The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) probe into Malegaon blasts of September 2008 is increasingly in danger of being derailed. The ATS chief, Hemant Karkare, was killed during the Mumbai terrorist attack, and his predecessor who had rounded up a number of Muslim youth as prime suspects is back in the post. Still, it is difficult to brush under the carpet the evidence marshaled by Karkare and his team in the face of much resistance from Hindutva forces which came into play once it was revealed that so-called Hindutva terrorists had carried out the Malegaon blasts as “reprisal terror”. That a Hindu sadhvi and many holy men and women with twisted notions of instant justice were involved saw India’s saffron brigades closing ranks. The sadhus, swamis and tantriks came together as did the BJP-RSS and many yoga gurus, all claiming that Dayanand Pandey Malegaon probe was a farce. The evidence however was hard supplied her LML Freedom bike and tangible. Now that Karkare is GJ 05 1920 and “two confidants” dead, ATS has lost that zeal for Ramji and Sandeep Dange for the going after the culprits, and politi- job of planting the bomb at Bhiku cal domain of both Congress and Chowk, Malegaon. She is also the BJP wants the matter to cool charged with participating in down lest it enrages the Hindu conspiracy meetings including the right, it will be befitting for the Bhopal meeting on April 11 / 12, independent media to revisit the 2008 where the bombing plot was chargesheet to study the role of hatched. these worthies in the blast that Evidence includes a statement killed seven and injured more than by a witness who was present in a 70 in Malegaon. room in Ujjain when the Sadhvi WSN takes you through the 4,000- spoke about the Malegaon blast — page chargesheet filed by the ATS she was being briefed on how to so that you can meet Hindutva’s 11. answer questions during interroThree accused — Ramchandra gation. It was allegedly upon her Gopalsingh Kalsangra, Sandeep instructions that Ramji and Dange Vishwas Dange and Pravin Mutalik were trained in the making of — are still on the run. improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Pune.

Debris being cleared at the blast site in Malegaon on September 30, 2008. Development in Oriental StudiesArms and Armour had received Rs 2,25,000 from Abhinav Bharat. He is charged with sourcing the explosives, four imported firearms and 196 live cartridges. ‘Chanakya’ of the group along with Kulkarni. His house was allegedly used for assembling the IED used in the Malegaon blast. The ATS found one detonator and samples of the explosives in his house.

Sameer Sharad Kulkarni (39) Who he is: Media publicist for
Abhinav Bharat His cellphone SMS records show that he was told by Purohit to escape and go into hiding after the blasts. He is also charged with being one of the two ‘Chanakyas’ or thinkers of the group, who were allegedly paid a monthly sum of Rs 5,000.

Shivnarayan Gopalsingh Kalsangra (36)
Related to the Ramji Kalsangra, who is accused of planting the bomb. The ATS found two timers at his residence given to him by his brother; he was arrested based on a witness statement.


Shyam Bavarlal Sahu (42)
Owns a mobile store and is charged with supplying the group with SIM cards. He had helped Ramji with SIM cards that were used during the conspiracy conversations, says the chargesheet. The ATS is using his 400-minute telephonic conversations with Sadhvi since September 2009 as part of the MCOCA chargesheet.

Sudhakar Omkarnath Chaturvedi (37)
Was the second thinker or

India is abuzz with talk of punishing Pakistan. Hardly a day passes before it talks of having all its options open. But will New Delhi look inwards also and bring to justice the hardliner Hindutva brigade's home grown terrorists in saffron robes and ideology?

Sadhvi Pragyasingh Charges: The ATS has called him the man behind the “fundamental ideology” of the group. Is charged with single-handedly raising funds up to Rs 21 lakh — against the rules of the armed forces — and is said to have arranged conspiracy meetings in Faridabad, Kolkata, Bhopal, Indore and Nashik. Took finances from Abhinav Bharat for procuring hand-grenades. He convened the first conspiracy meeting in Faridabad on January 26 2008, which was attended by Ramesh Upadhyay, Dayanand Pandey, Sameer Kulkarni and Sudhakar Chaturvedi. Was responsible for procuring explosives, including RDX, which he sourced from Kashmir while he was posted there. Procured forged documents, including an arms license and an entry pass to Deolali Military Camp area, Nashik, for co-accused Chaturvedi.

Lt Colonel Srikant Purohit Jammu and Kashmir several times in recent years. Charges: He allegedly attended all the conspiracy meetings and is said to have highlighted atrocities against Kashmiri Pandits and called for revenge in his speeches during these sessions. He was also in the habit of secretly videotaping the conspiracy meetings. The recordings were saved in his laptop, which was seized by the ATS. He directed Purohit on certain transactions including a Rs 80,000deposit for a firearm delivery to a person in Bhopal.

A Hindu sadhvi and many holy men and women with twisted notions of instant justice saw India's saffron brigades closing ranks. Sadhus, swamis and tantriks came together as did the BJP-RSS and many yoga gurus to damn the Malegaon probe

Ramesh Shivji Upadhyay (57)
The retired Army Major and the working president of Abhinav Bharat, he is charged with attending conspiracy meetings; allegedly helped in logistics.

Ajay Raja Eknath Rahirkar (39)
Treasurer of Abhinav Bharat. Is charged with controlling the finances and disbursing the amount for buying explosives and hand-grenades. He allegedly procured Rs 10,00,000 for the group in July 2008.

Jagdish Chintaman Mhatre (40)
He was the last in the chain for sourcing weapons; the ATS recovered two imported firearms with 15 live cartridges from the Dombivali resident.

Muslim protesters burning an effigy of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Purohit, suspects in the Malegaon blast

I ask no questions anymore: Kavita Karkare

Rakesh Dattatraya Dhawade (42) Who he is: An arms curator and a
well-known antique weapons collector in Pune. MCOCA could be applied in the Malegaon blast case, as Dhawade had two chargesheets against him in two earlier blasts in 2003. Charges: Dhawade was associated with the Abhinav Bharat group members from the beginning and even attended their foundation day, according to the chargesheet. He is a trained expert in assembling and detonating IEDs. His private Institute of Research and


Sadhvi Pragyasingh Chandrapalsingh Thakur (38) Alias: Sadhvi Purnachetanand Giri Who she is: A former member of the
right-wing students’ body Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the founder and national president of Jai Vande Mataram Jan Kalyan Samiti. Taken into custody on October 23 last year, she was the first to be arrested. Charges: The former ABVP member

Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit (36) Aliases: Balwant Rao, Shreyak Ranadive
Who he is: Was a serving Army officer in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, at the time of the arrest. Is alleged to be the founder of the front organisation Abhinav Bharat floated on February 2, 2007, to propagate a separate Hindu Rashtra.

Sudhakar Udayaban Dhar Dwivedi (40) Aliases: Dayanand Pandey, Swami
Amrutanand, Shankaracharya Sharada Sarvagya Peeth Who he is: A self-styled godman from Uttar Pradesh, he visited

India washes its hands of Hemant Karkare’s legacy with a medal

ndian official establishment has done its duty. It has given Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare the Ashok Chakra, a bravery award. Now, all that is left to do is for New Delhi to forget Hemant Karkare. This will also be easy. The RSS-BJPSaffron combine had already made a monster out of Karkare because he unveiled the ugly face of Hindutva terrorism. Now, the Congress will try and wash its hands of Karkare asap because it cannot afford the BJP walking away with the right wing ascendent forces en block.

Shaming the Indian establishment, Hemant Karkare’s brave wife Kavita Karkare has made it clear how much does she believe in a system that recognises her husband’s bravery on the Republic Day but gives the charge of ATS to his predecessor who was content to blame Muslim youths for Malegaon blasts. Kavita knows the rancour among the right-wingers as a result of her husband’s relentless pursuit of terrorists in saffron robes. “No Hindu can

be a terrorist,” the BJP chief Rajnath Singh had said. But post Mumbai terror attacks, Kavita has now raised questions about accountability, questions that New Delhi can ill afford to ignore but will be shameless enough to obfuscate. In an interview to India’s respected English language daily The Hindu, Ms. Karkare asked: “How long will I dwell on what has happened? I know I will not get the answers to the questions I am raising...Even the attack on Parliament has not been solved. Where will I get justice? I know no one will give

me the answers.” She has set an example in fortitude. A sociology teacher in a city college for the past 15 years, she has rejoined duty this month. She has been speaking out on various public forums in the city and voicing her opinion on terrorism. “I don’t ask questions anymore,” she has now said. If anything, it will be her strength of character and spiritual commitment that will get her answers to the questions that are troubling her mind. But perhaps it is necessary for others to keep asking the questions.

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