Saturday, June 24, 2017

Reminding the Real Emergency

“The National Herald, founded by Jawaharlal Nehru, supported the Emergency throughout, and cautiously removed the quote ‘Freedom is in peril, defend it with all your might’ from its masthead.”  ― Coomi Kapoor, The Emergency: A Personal History, Penguin, 2016
The National Emergency proclaimed on June 25, 1975 by the then Prime Minister Smt Indira Gandhi by a Presidential Ordinance is often referred to as the ‘Darkest period of Democracy in Bharat’. It is a right time to revisit the most horrific phase in democracy of Bharat on its anniversary.
Recently, many politicians and some media persons hurled allegation of ‘creating Emergency like situation’, against the present dispensation. The heir of dynastic politics, Rahul Gandhi while launching the commemorative edition of National Herald went on to say that ‘this Government is forcing everyone into silence, but National Herald has a spirit—a very strong spirit and it will not be silenced’, forgetting the fact that the same National Herald had silently supported the Emergency and is now caught into the allegations of financial irregularities, thanks to the family appropriation.
It is also necessary to remind the real horrors of Emergency for media persons and especially youngsters who are active on digital platforms and may not be able to connect with the draconian period. This may create the impression that any investigation by Government agencies against a media house or a company pertaining to  financial irregularity or speaking against anti-national
sloganeering or against the people, who stand for  terrorism and terrorists, is known as Emergency.
So in the late hours of June 25, 1975, with the advice of Smt Gandhi, the then President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, promulgated National Emergency under Article 352 of the Constitution, under the pretext of “the security of India is threatened by internal disturbance”. The real reason was the conviction of Smt Gandhi in the Allahabad High Court on June 12, 1975, in a case related to electoral malpractices. Even before the Ordinance was accepted by the Cabinet and Emergency was declared formally,—on the night of June 25-26, 1975—police arrested all major Opposition leaders, including Jaiprakash Narayan. Civil liberties were suspended, and amendments were brought in that threatened to alter the basic character of the Constitution and draconian laws like MISA were strengthened. More than eight democratically elected State governments led by non-Congress parties were toppled on a single day (April 29, 1977).
What happened on the media front was more gruesome. Strict censorship was imposed on the Press and any form of protest against Emergency by newspapers (editors) was curbed through the means of financial  restrictions or brutal force. Most of the newspapers, including Organiser Weekly, came to a standstill because the Government had cut-off their  electricity supplies to make them “fall in line”. Several foreign  correspondents were removed and accreditation of more than 40 reporters was withdrawn. Radio and Doordarshan, having a complete monopoly of the State, were used as propaganda machinery. If all this was not sufficient, four private news agencies were forced to merge in a single entity, to make the news monitoring job easier.
Even social and patriotic organisations like the RSS was banned and thousands of Swayamesevaks were arrested. Though many fought through satyagraha and underground methods, some went missing, some families are still not able to come out of the trauma of this deadly assault on democracy.
If this was the real Emergency then what is it that we are experiencing today? The reality is, the spill-over effect of Emergency remained even after the 21—month period of uncivil rule was over. Controlling media through advertisement policies or plundering Government resources for personal interests, became a norm. This was also used to establish certain narratives about Bharat and our national identity. Terms like ‘secularism’ and ‘human rights’ were wrongly established to justify communal acts of vote-bank politics and to protect violent, anti-national activities. With the arrival of social media, all this is under scanner. It is not the Government or its agencies, but common people active on digital platforms, now popularly known as trolls, are questioning this status-quo. The political change at the Centre is also part of this changing narrative which is not acceptable to many.
It is true that ‘the price of freedom is eternal vigilance’, at the same time we should keep in mind that every piece of rope is not a snake. More importantly such  hallucination may lead us to lose the sight of the real snake, that is why this reminder.
Courtesy: Organiser

Those claiming to be die-hard secularists behave like die-hard communal people: Dr Manmohan Vaidya

Edited excerpts from an interview with Manmohan Vaidya, akhil-Bharatiya prachar pramukh (chief of publicity), RSS:
On the perception that RSS is a Brahmin-led organisation
It is a wrong impression, a politically motivated allegation. People associated with the Sangh do not think and feel so. We have all sections of Hindu society leading the RSS movement at different levels — from the grassroots to national. When we say that we want to organise the Hindu society, it includes everybody, including the Scheduled Castes. The RSS has worked towards this goal since its inception. Since 1983, special emphasis was given to enhance harmony, samarasata, within the Hindu society by devising initiatives and creating platforms to increase the interaction between the Scheduled Castes and others, to strengthen the bond of oneness.
On farmer distress and the recent deaths in police firing
Farmer suicides are unfortunate and a result of decades of gross neglect by ruling parties and their flawed policies. It needs a focused and holistic intervention and this will take some time. The present government is working towards this and we are confident things will improve.
On violence by gau rakshaks
No one should take the law into one’s hands. They can work as vigilante groups to help the government implement the rule of law.
On three years of BJP rule
It is not our job to assess the performance of the government. Our job is character-building and nation-building.
On whether the BJP-led government is doing enough to spread the Sangh ideology
The Sangh does not work through state power nor for state power. We work directly in the society, for the society and with the support of the society. The BJP has its own goals. They should try to implement their manifesto. Swayamsevaks work in all spheres of life through various organisations. To improve coordination, we have “sampark adhikari” for each organisation, BJP being one of them.
On secularism
We have no problem with secularism per se but it has been misused in Bharat to foment communal forces. Anyone claiming to be a die-hard secularist is seen behaving like a die-hard communal person. In Bharat, for ages, the state has always been secular, treating all religions equally.
On whether Article 370 should be scrapped in Kashmir
The Constitution itself states Article 370 is a ‘temporary and transient provision’ for J&K. It should be relooked at and assessed — whether J&K has benefited from this provision and if it needs to be continued. But an objective re-look is being opposed by vested interests, and this is worrisome.
On caste-based reservations
Unfortunately, a section of the Hindu society was deprived because of caste. They need affirmative actions like reservation to empower them and bring them at par with the rest.
On Rahul Gandhi studying Upanishads and the Gita
It is important to read the Gita and Upanishads to understand Bharat. It is good that of late Rahul Gandhi has felt the need to read the ancient scriptures. We are happy that the RSS has provoked him to read the great scriptures of Bharat. One should always understand Bharat before speaking about Bharat.
Courtesy: Economic Times

Friday, June 23, 2017

छुआछूत मुक्त भारत राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ का लक्ष्य – इंद्रेश कुमार जी

भिवानी (विसंकें). राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ अखिल भारतीय कार्यकारिणी के सदस्य इन्द्रेश कुमार जी ने कहा कि संघ स्वयंसेवकों को प्रशिक्षण देकर राष्ट्रनिर्माण के कार्य में लगा रहा है. संपूर्ण देश में प्रतिदिन लाखों स्वयंसेवक तथा राष्ट्र सेविका समिति की हजारों सेविकाएं राष्ट्र निर्माण में साधनारत हैं. इंद्रेश कुमार जी 20 दिवसीय संघ शिक्षा वर्ग प्रथम वर्ष (सामान्य, भिवानी) के समारोप कार्यक्रम में मुख्य वक्ता के रूप में संबोधित कर रहे थे. कार्यक्रम में मुख्य अतिथि के रूप में महाबीर फौगाट जी उपस्थित थे तथा कार्यक्रम की अध्यक्षता निर्मल मिंडा जी ने की.
इंद्रेश जी ने कहा कि राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ एक सामाजिक संगठन है तथा देश की नींव को मजबूत करने के लिए कार्य कर रहा है. बाहरी मैल को समाप्त करने के लिए पानी, साबुन, तेल का इस्तेमाल किया जाता है, लेकिन अंदरुनी मैल को समाप्त करने के लिए सत्संग व सत्कार्य जैसी संघ की विचारधारा से जुड़ना होता है. संघ की शाखा में देश प्रेम व देशवासियों के प्रति प्रेम के भाव दिए जाते है. सामाजिक समानता के लिए संघ में छुआछूत को दूर रखा जाता है, यहां सब भारतीय है तथा भारतीयता की भावना से एक साथ एक सूत्र में बंधे हैं. छुआछूत अधर्म है, पाप और अपराध है. छुआछूत मुक्त भारत संघ का लक्ष्य है.
उन्होंने कहा कि संघ में सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता की भूमिका का निर्वहन करने के गुर भी दिए जाते है. भगवान श्रीकृष्ण का उदाहरण देते हुए कहा कि जब सुदामा उनसे मिलने गए तो उन्होंने सबसे पहले दूर खड़े सुदामा से गले लगकर उनकी समस्या का निवारण किया. द्वारकाधीश ने अपने कुशल राजा होने का परिचय दिया था. आज के समय में भी प्रशासकों को भगवान श्रीकृष्ण से प्रेरणा लेकर एक कुशल प्रशासक के रूप में अपने कार्य में संलग्न रहना चाहिये. जिनका मूल उद्देश्य देश के अंतिम व्यक्ति तक पहुंचकर उसकी समस्या का निवारण करना होना चाहिये, ताकि राष्ट्रनिर्माण का कार्य हो सके.
इंद्रेश कुमार जी ने नारी शिक्षा पर भी बल दिया और कहा कि प्रत्येक मनुष्य नारी की कोख से जन्म लेकर आया है तथा उसे नारी का सम्मान करना चाहिये. देश से भ्रूण हत्या, बलात्कार, तलाक, दहेज, घरेलू हिंसा जैसी विकृति को दूर करना चाहिये तथा नारी शक्ति को सम्मान देना चाहिये. नारी के सम्मान के लिए संघ भी निरंतर काम कर रहा है तथा फिलहाल राष्ट्र सेविका समिति से 26 हजार 136 प्रकल्पों के माध्यम से महिलाओं को लाभ पहुंच रहा है. महिलाओं के अब तक 4 हजार प्रशिक्षण केन्द्र चल रहे है. नारी संस्कृति है, संस्कार है. नारी शोषण मुक्त समाज संघ का मिशन है.
गऊ माता के सम्मान के बारे में कहा कि गऊ ऐसा जीव है जो खाने के बाद विषैले पदार्थ अपने शरीर में रख लेती है तथा अमृत प्रदान करती है, जबकि मनुष्य अमृत अपने अंदर रख लेता है तथा विषैले पदार्थो को बाहर निकालता है. फिर भी कुछ लोग गऊ माता के गौश्त का प्रयोग करते है. गऊ की पूजा करनी चाहिये. गाय मानवता की मां है, जैसे मां के दूध से बालक फलता फूलता है, वैसे ही सारा संसार गाय के दूध पर विकास करता है.
उन्होंने कहा कि अब देश में राममंदिर के मुद्दे पर समर्थन बढ़ता जा रहा है. यह हमारे लिए अच्छी बात है कि सभी वर्ग राम मंदिर को लेकर सहमति दर्ज करवा रहे हैं. भगवान राम खुदा है तथा खुदा ही राम है. जो व्यक्ति राम व खुदा में भेद करता है, वह शैतान है. यह समस्या विदेशियों द्वारा खड़ी की गई है. बाबर विदेशी था, उसका हिन्दुस्थान व हिन्दुस्थानियों से कोई लेना देना नहीं था. उसका सेनापति मीरबांकी था, उसने अत्याचार करते हुए भगवान राम के मंदिर को तोड़कर मस्जिद बनाने की कोशिश ना की होती तो आज अयोध्या में समस्या ही खड़ी ना होती.
उन्होंने कहा कि आज देश में चीनी ताकतें कब्जा करने का प्रयास कर रही हैं. इसके लिए अपना सस्ता व कम गुणवत्तापूर्ण सामान भारत में भेज कर अर्थव्यवस्था को कमजोर करने का प्रयास कर रहे हैं, लेकिन उन्हें यह जानकारी नहीं है कि भारतीय लोग अपने देश को कमजोर नहीं होने देंगे. उन्होंने आह्वान किया कि देशवासियों को अपने देश में निर्मित सामान का उपयोग करना चाहिये ताकि हमारे देश की अर्थव्यवस्था मजबूत हो तथा प्रत्येक गरीब को भरपेट भोजन मिले, कोई भूखा ना सोए. अपने उत्सवों व त्यौहारों को चीनी माल से मुक्त कर चीन को युद्ध के मार्ग से बुद्ध के मार्ग पर लाकर सबक सिखाएं. उन्होंन कहा कि पाकिस्तान, आज भारत से द्वेष व हिंसा के कारण टुकड़े-टुकड़े होने की ओर बढ़ रहा है. पाकिस्तान में पाकिस्तानी मुस्लमानों (पख्तून, बलूच, सिंधी, बालटीस्तानी आदि आजादी के आंदोलन) को गोलियों, बमों से भूना जा रहा है.
कार्यक्रम के अध्यक्ष महावीर फौगाट जी, उद्योगपति निर्मल  मिंडा जी ने भी संबोधित किया. इस अवसर पर वर्ग कार्यवाह प्रदीप कुमार जी, वर्ग अधिकारी पवन जिंदल जी, वर्ग पालक अनम कुमार जी, व्यवस्थापक रमेश कुमार जी सहित गणमान्य व्यक्ति उपस्थित थे.

Video : कश्मीर में हिंसा फैलाने के लिए मुंबई हमले के मास्टरमाइंड मक्की ने मांगी पाक पत्रकारों से मदद

फैसलाबाद : कश्मीर में पहले से ही तनाव बना हुआ है और आतंक के आका इसे और बढाने में लगे हुए हैं। इसी कडी में मुंबई आतंकी हमलों के मास्टरमाइंड ने भी कश्मीर में अशांति फैलाने के लिए पाक मीडिया को भडकाने का काम शुरू कर दिया है।आतंकी अब्दुल रहमान मक्की का एक वीडियो वायरल हो रहा है जिसमें वो लोगों को भडकाऊ भाषण देता नजर आ रहा है। इसमें वो कश्मीर में अशांति फैलाने के लिए पाकिस्तानी मीडिया की मदद मांगते देखा जा सकता है।

Video : कश्मीर में हिंसा फैलाने के लिए मुंबई हमले के मास्टरमाइंड मक्की ने मांगी पाक पत्रकारों से मदद

बता दें कि, मक्‍की मुंबई हमले के मास्टरमाइंड और जमात-उद दावा प्रमुख हाफिज सईद का साला है। वह जमात-उद दावा में हाफिज के बाद दूसरे नंबर पर है। हाल ही में मक्‍की ने फैसलाबाद में एक इफ्तार पार्टी दी, जिसमें कई पत्रकारों को बुलाया गया था। इस इफ्तार पार्टी का एक वीडियो १७ जून को यू-ट्यूब पर पोस्‍ट किया गया। इस दौरान मक्‍की आजाद कश्‍मीर के लिए वहां के हालात बिगाडने की बात कहता नजर आ रहा है।
इस वीडियो में मक्‍की मीडिया से कह रहे हैं, ‘हमने आपकी (पत्रकारों) ओर रुख किया है, क्‍योंकि आपके पास कलम की ताकत है। आपके शोज का लोगों पर काफी प्रभाव पडता है। आप लोग हमारे मकसद को पूरा करने में काफी मदद कर सकते हैं। इसलिए हम सभी जर्नलिस्‍टों से अपील करते हैं कि, आजाद कश्‍मीर की लडाई में हमारा साथ दीजिए।’
स्रोत : नई दुनिया

आत्म विस्मृति को दूर कर राष्ट्र की सुप्त आत्मा को जगाना होगा – अरुण कुमार जी

नई दिल्ली (इंविसंकें). राष्ट्रीय स्वंयसेवक संघ के अखिल भारतीय सह सम्पर्क प्रमुख अरुण कुमार जी ने कहा कि आत्म विस्मृति को दूर भगाकर राष्ट्र की सोयी हुई आत्मा को जगाना होगा. ये हमारा दुर्भाग्य रहा है कि हम पश्चिम की दृष्टि से देखने–सोचने लगे हैं. बीच के काल-खंड में नारद जी हम सभी से विस्मृत हो गए थे. लेकिन खुशी इस बात की है, कि इद्रंप्रस्थ विश्व संवाद केन्द्र पिछले 10 सालों से पत्रकारों के लिए “नारद पत्रकार सम्मान समारोह” आयोजित कर रहा है. उन्होंने कहा, यह देश का दुर्भाग्य है कि राष्ट्र और राष्ट्रवाद को लेकर कुछ तत्वों द्वारा बहस खड़ी की जा रही है. ऐसे में जरूरत है कि देवऋषि नारद जी के आदर्शों को पत्रकारिता जगत समझे. ताकि, कैसे नारद जी सभी के बीच संवाद स्थापित करके भी सामाजिक सदभाव को बनाये रखते थे. अरुण जी इंद्रप्रस्थ विश्व संवाद केंद्र द्वारा नई दिल्ली के इंडिया इंटरनेशनल सेंटर में आयोजित नारद जयंती एवं पत्रकार सम्मान समारोह में मुख्य वक्ता के रूप में संबोधित कर रहे थे.
लोकसभा अध्यक्ष सुमित्रा महाजन जी ने कहा कि पत्रकारों को अपनी विश्वसनीयता बनाए रखनी होगी. इसके लिए उन्हें अपने विषयों का गहन अध्ययन करना चाहिए और निष्पक्ष पत्रकारिता करनी चाहिए. उन्होंने कहा कि 1947 के बाद जितने युद्ध हुए हैं, उससे ज्यादे हमारे सैनिकों की जानें सिर्फ कश्मीर घाटी में गई हैं. ऐसा क्यों? हम सब ने सोचा है क्या इसपर? इसलिए, मैं आग्रह करती हूं आप सभी पत्रकारों से कि आप सब इस विषय पर सोचें और उस वास्तविकता को समाज के सामने मीडिया के माध्यम से बताएं, जो इसके लिए जिम्मेदार है. हमारा लक्ष्य केवल भारत भर से संवाद करना नहीं है, हमें तो विश्वभर से संवाद करना है. क्योंकि, तभी तो हमारा समाज ऊपर उठेगा और विश्व की कल्पना करते हुए, अपने कल्याण के साथ-साथ विश्व का भी कल्याण करेगा. विश्व भर से संवाद करने की सीख हमें देवऋषि नारद जी से सीखनी चाहिए.
कार्यक्रम के अध्यक्ष व रक्षा विशेषज्ञ मारूफ़ रज़ा जी ने कहा कि पत्रकारों को अपना काम करते समय देश हित को ध्यान में रखना होगा. देश पर कई किस्म के आंतरिक व बाहरी खतरे मंडरा रहे हैं, ऐसे में पत्रकारों की भूमिका अहम हो जाती है. कार्यक्रम में इन्द्रप्रस्थ विश्व संवाद केंद्र की वार्षिक पत्रिका “दिशा स्मारिका-2017” का विमोचन भी किया गया. देश को सही दिशा देने के लेखों से सुसज्जित इस स्मारिका में राष्ट्रवादी पत्रकारों व समाज जीवन से जुड़े प्रतिष्ठित नागरिकों ने अपना योगदान दिया है.
इस अवसर पर इंद्रप्रस्थ विश्व संवाद केन्द्र द्वारा विभिन्न श्रेणियों में 12 पत्रकारों को सम्मानित किया गया.
  1. आजीवन सेवा नारद सम्मान – नंद किशोर त्रिखा जी
  2. उत्कृष्ट पत्रकार नारद सम्मान – राहुल सिन्हा जी (ज़ी न्यूज)
  3. स्तंभकार नारद सम्मान – संध्या जैन जी
  4. डिजिटल मीडिया – संजय सिंह जी (फर्स्ट पोस्ट)
  5. न्यूज रूम सपोर्टर नारद सम्मान – निधि चतुर्वेदी जी (राज्यसभा टीवी)
  6. ग्रामीण पत्रकारिता नारद सम्मान – विवेक श्रीवास्तव जी (हिन्दुस्थान समाचार)
  7. सोशल मीडिया नारद सम्मान – शिल्पी तिवारी जी
  8. महिला पत्रकारिता नारद सम्मान – प्रतिभा ज्योति जी (संपादक)
  9. विदेशी पत्रकार (भारतीय मामलों में) नारद सम्मान – फ्रांसुआ गॉते जी
  10. श्रेष्ठ छायांकन नारद सम्मान (वीडियो) – विपिन चंद्र पुजारी जी (न्यूज18)
  11. श्रेष्ठ छायांकन नारद सम्मान – हेमराज जी (भारत प्रकाशन)
  12. स्पेशल ज्यूरी अवार्ड – बालकनामा टीम – संजय गुप्ता जी, निदेशक, सामाजिक संस्था ‘चेतना’ (“बालकनामा” टीम – शम्भू, कुमारी ज्योति, मास्टर चेतन)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Church backed activism fueled the Kudankulam protest: Republic TV report

Church backed activism fueled the Kudankulam protest: Republic TV report

The Kudankulam Nuclear Power situated in the state of Tamil Nadu was conceptualized as the largest Nuclear Power plant in India with a total capacity of 6000 MW. The construction of the plant began way back in 2002 but it was marred by constant protests.
This protest reached a boiling point in 2011 when the villagersreportedly feared that a Fukushima type disaster might befall the Nuclear plant. One of the prominent leaders of the anti-Kudankulam movement was SP Udayakumar, who led the People’s movement against Nuclear Energy.
Incidentally this whole protest had come under suspicion way back in 2012 when there were reports about the protest being allegedly backed by the Church and varies foreign parties. In 2014 there were further allegations after an alleged IB report had claimed that Udayakumar had been working on the behest of various American and German entities in order to subvert the development of India.
Now earlier today, this whole issue was again raked up, when Repubic TV came up with a sting operation on Udyakumar and various members of the Tamil Nadu Church, which seemed to further corraborate the ”foreign funded protest theory”.
The Republic TV reporters approached Udayakumar as foreign university students whose professor wished to make a donation to Udayakumar in order to aid him in his anti-nuclear protests. In the video, he was seen suggesting various indirect ways by which foreign funds could be routed to him without him coming under scrutiny from security agencies.
He suggested how the amount could be donated to his political party through their family or friends who are living in India or they simply send cash. Incidentally this donation was meant for another round of protests which he seems to starting in the future. This suggested that Udayakumar was very much willing to accept foreign funds for fueling his protests. Interestingly he later tried to take a u-turn on his willingness to accept money as according to the reporter he was warned by some of his associates not to deal with them.
The reporters then followed the Church backed protest angle and zeroed in on a Church in Idinthakarai which according to them was a hub of anti-nuclear protests. They reportedly stung a Parish priest named Jayakumar who managed the money used in the protest. He had apparently selected 70 people who were set up as a front while he and the Diocese controlled things from behind the curtains. Apparently he took care of all the protests in Idinthakarai and there were 13 other Fathers who similarly managed 13 other villages.
The report also claimed that this whole church involvement was orchestrated by a Bishop who had suggested that Jayakumar operate from the background. The Bishop was incidentally the person who was withstanding all the external ‘pressure’ like the cancellation of their FCRA license.
He also claimed that their Diocese which constitutes of 115 parishes, churches and more than 400 convents, sub stations used to receive support from people in Italy, France.
The reporters followed it up by stinging another priest named Jesuraj who claimed that the student movement named All India Catholic University Federation was heavily involved in the protest and used to spread ‘awareness’ against the whole nuclear project.
The reporters also interviewed a villager who claimed that all the NGOs were actually run by Bishops who paid money to Christian people if they took part in the protests.
Through these sting operations, it appeared that the main motivation for the whole protest was not an aversion to Nuclear Power but a desire to earn money. It remains to be seen if Indian security agencies now take a renewed interest in this matter in wake of these new findings by Republic TV.

Samjhauta blast: UPA government let off prime accused Pakistani national despite evidence to float ‘Hindu Terror’ myth

Samjhauta Express blast: How officials connived to ensure prime accused Pakistani national was let off despite evidence to nail him

The 2007 Samjhauta Express bombing was a terrorist attack that struck around midnight on February 18, 2007. Bombs were set off in two carriages, both filled with passengers, just after the train passed Diwana station near Panipat in Haryana.
Over a decade after the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast that claimed the lives of 68 passengers, mostly Pakistanis, comes a shocking revelation that once again puts the spotlight on the sinister ploy of the then political establishment to paint a religious cover over the entire incident.
Armed with power and intent on using the ghastly incident to push a political agenda, top officials gave an ugly twist to the incident just because the government of the day was bent on proving that the incident was a conspiracy of the so-called ‘Hindu militants’.
A retired officer involved in the investigating into the case has now laid bare how officials at that time not only twisted the entire case to give it a saffron touch but also let the main accused, arrested soon after the incident, go scot-free to just fulfill their agenda.
The whistleblower here is Gurdeep (now retired), who served as the Investigating Officer in the case. Gurdeep revealed before a court that a Pakistani national was arrested within a fortnight of the incident but was allowed to return to his country. This, despite the fact that he was the prime accused in the case.
The revelation by Gurdeep was made 12 days ago in a court. According to him, the arrested person, identified as Azmat Ali, was discharged in the case by top officials who were part of the probe team.
“I was summoned for cross examining on June 9. He (Ali) was discharged by the officials. The court had granted 14-day custody to police… police had visited all cities and places where he (Ali) had stayed. We had verified … the team which interrogated him comprised DIG RC Mishra, Additional DGP Haryana, SP Crime…. and others,” he said.
As per the documents submitted in the court by police, Ali was a Pakistani national. He was arrested near Attari border by Government Railway Police (GRP) on March 1, 2007 while he was exploring ways to return to Pakistan. During investigation, it was found that Ali was not carrying a passport, visa or any legal paper. He was later sent to the Amritsar Central Jail. During interrogation, Ali informed that he had arrived here on November 3, 2006 and that he was a Pakistani national. According to him, he was born to Mohammad Sharif and was a resident of Lahore. His residential address was: House no. 24, Gali no. 51, Hamam Street, Dist. Lahore (Pakistan).
After the blast, the description of the man who was believed to have planted the bomb in the ill-fated train was described by two eyewitnesses (Shaukat Ali and Rukhsana). Ali matched the description was and this was conveyed to the team which was probing the blast. Later, Ali was handed over to the team of police probing the incident. The probe team had on March 6, 2007, sought 14-day custody of Ali. In its affidavit, the police had clearly told the court that Ali was arrested by the GRP on the basis of a sketch developed by security forces following inputs provided by the eyewitnesses. Besides, Ali’s sketch was also extensively circulated in media. The court had at that time sent Ali to 14-day police custody.
During the investigation, Ali also revealed that after landing here, he undertook a recce of Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Kanpur, Allahabad, Shikohabad, Surat, Ajmer Sharif and other prominent cities. Each time, he produced fake identity cards to book hotels. Gurdeep claimed that police visited each of the hotels where Ali had stayed and spoke to people with whom he had met.
Shockingly though, on March 20, when Ali’s 14-day police custody ended, the court granted him bail because police told the court that investigation was over and no concrete evidence of Ali’s involvement was found in the blast.
In its bail order, the court noted the police’s version that ‘since the investigation was over and no proofs have been found against him (Ali), he should be discharged from the case’.
As per the documents available with India TV, the then UPA government had said that LeT was involved in the blast. But on July 21, 2010, top police officials had held a closed-door meeting. The noting of the meeting, accessed by India TV, says that the Haryana Police had failed to take the probe to a logical conclusion and thus the case should be handed over to the NIA. It was only during this meeting, when the officials decided to probe the role of Hindu groups in the blast.
“This is a very serious issue. Arrested Pakistani  man was allowed to return to his country and people of our country were wrongly framed. This was done at the behest of then government. The government wanted to give the entire incident a political touch,” Haryana Minister Anil Vij said.
“…the Haryana Police wanted to grill the arrested man but he was allowed to return to Pakistan despite the fact the he was not carrying passport, documents… This is a clear betrayal… this can’t be possible without Sonia Gandhi’s intervention. This must be probed thoroughly,” BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said.
The 2007 Samjhauta Express bombing was a terrorist attack that struck around midnight on February 18, 2007. Bombs were set off in two carriages, both filled with passengers, just after the train passed Diwana station near Panipat in Haryana. 68 people were killed in the incident. Of the 68 fatalities, most were Pakistani civilians.
Courtesy: India TV

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