Yashwant Shinde, a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh functionary, shook the nation’s political circles by giving an affidavit in a Nanded courtroom on August 30 that the RSS had carried out a number of bomb blasts throughout the nation to assist the BJP win elections within the 2000s. Did it ,
Shinde has additionally provided to be a witness within the case within the affidavit and supply all data associated to the Nanded bomb blast case. In 2006, two individuals, together with an activist of the Bajrang Dal – the youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad – had been killed in Maharashtra’s Nanded district once they had been allegedly making an attempt to gather a bomb, which exploded.
Shinde has mentioned that two right-wing activists died whereas making ready a bomb to assault a mosque in Aurangabad.
Shinde mentioned he knew this as a result of Himanshu Panse, one of many two individuals who died, was a longtime collaborator and a fellow traveler within the Hindutva ecosystem. The affidavit states that Panse was an activist of Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
In 1999, Shinde, on the directions of Indresh Kumar, a senior functionary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, “took Himanshu and his 7 pals to Jammu…[where] He acquired coaching in trendy weapons from the troopers of the Indian Military”, he alleged within the affidavit.
Shinde claimed that 4 years later, in 2003, he and Panse attended “a bomb-training camp held close to Sinhagad in Pune”.
Shinde alleged that the “mastermind and foremost organizer” of the camp was Milind Parande – who’s at present the “nationwide organiser” of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. The top teacher on the camp was a person named “Mithun Chakraborty”, whose actual identify, he later got here to know, was Ravi Dev. [Anand] – Who’s now the pinnacle of the Uttarakhand unit of Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
“The mentioned Mithun Chakraborty will attain the camp at 10 am and conduct coaching for 2 hours in numerous teams. The trainees got 3-4 varieties of explosive powders, items of pipe, wires, bulbs, clocks and so forth. to organize the bombs.
“After the coaching, the organizers rehearsed the explosions and took the trainees in a automobile to a abandoned forest space to check the bombs. The apprentices would dig a small pit, put a bomb in it with a timer, cowl it with mud and enormous boulders, and detonate the bomb. His exams had been profitable. There have been large explosions and stones had been thrown far-off.” Shinde has mentioned within the affidavit.
Shinde claimed that he tried to cease Panse from finishing up any blasts however “after coaching Himanshu carried out three blasts within the Marathwada area of Maharashtra.” He alleged, “He had a plan to hold out a serious blast in the principle mosque of Aurangabad and he misplaced his life in Nanded in 2006 whereas making a bomb for that blast.”
The allegation that Shinde has made in his affidavit is a part of the primary chargesheet of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad on this case. The chargesheet states that Panse had gone to a resort in Sinhagad close to Pune in 2003 for coaching in making pipe bombs from a person named Mithun Chakraborty.
As well as, investigators had been reported to have recovered supplies which indicated that there was a plan to assault a mosque in Aurangabad, the home the place Panse was killed.
Nevertheless, the Central Bureau of Investigation, which dealt with the case in 2013, claimed that the blast was an remoted incident.
However Shinde’s affidavit refutes this discovering. Based on him, Rakesh Dhawade, who’s an accused within the Malegaon blast case, was additionally among the many others from the bomb-making camp.
Shinde advised Scroll.in that there have been a number of terror assaults within the nation within the 2000s, together with the Samjhauta Specific in 2007 and the Malegaon blasts in 2008, which had been a results of the Nanded blast conspiracy. “Nanded was solely a small half,” he mentioned.
Within the affidavit, Shinde claimed that he spoke to a number of senior functionaries of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, together with present chief Mohan Bhagwat, to warning him about Pandare’s conspiracy, however he turned out to be a deaf. “After listening to the reasons of those leaders, the candidates got here to the conclusion that senior leaders of RSS and VHP supported terrorist actions and after the BJP authorities got here to energy in 2014, they’ve been additional inspired and finished diligently. has gone. Indulging in such actions,” he alleged.
The choice to file this affidavit, Shinde advised Scroll.in, was pushed by his need to “purify” the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which, he mentioned, had “fallen into the improper palms in latest instances”.
However what took him so lengthy? Shinde mentioned that he’s a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh particular person at coronary heart and firmly believes within the ideology of Hindutva, so he doesn’t need to malign the group. The 49-year-old man, who lives in Decrease Parel in Mumbai along with his mom, spouse and kids, mentioned, “I spoke to many senior individuals, tried laborious to get them to take motion, however they did not.” area.
Shinde claimed that he spent his first 9 years within the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Jammu and Kashmir beneath the tutelage of Indresh Kumar. Throughout that tenure he claimed that he took cube and 9 others to take part in “trendy weapons” coaching in Jammu by Indian Military personnel. “It was organized at a spot referred to as Talab Tilo in Jammu,” mentioned Shinde, who mentioned he was now a “social employee” and filed a Proper to Info request on authorities land and insurance policies.
Shinde mentioned that he stopped actively collaborating within the actions of the RSS about 13-14 years in the past, however remained a member.
“However issues have gotten significantly dangerous lately,” he mentioned. “They’re polarizing the nation to remain in energy, so I believed I wanted to do this.”
Additional, Shinde mentioned he wrote to Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah earlier than submitting the affidavit – however acquired no response.
Requested why one ought to consider in him, Shinde mentioned, “So many individuals within the Sangh Parivar are offended with the leaders, however they’re tolerating it. However now that I’ve spoken, you will notice.” That quickly there might be an explosion and everybody will notice that I’m telling the reality.”
With inputs from scroll.in