NIA Finds A 2008 ‘Secret Letter’ by Purohit Warning of Right-Wing Terror
The letter was written about couple of weeks after second Malegaon blasts
New Delhi: In a fresh twist to the right-wing terror case saga, a ‘secret’ letter purportedly written by 2008 Malegaon blast accused Lt Colonel Srikant Purohit on October 15, 2008 has fallen into the hands of NIA Investigator. In this, Purohit ironically red flags the emergence of rightwing radical groups to his superiors in Army’s Military intelligence wing, warning that this trend could even lead to “communal clashes”.
Theletter,whichhasbeenaccessedby ET,wassentacoupleof weeksafterthe second Malegaon blasts. Here Purohit refersto “AnA-2source”,whohas“providedsomevaluableinformationwith regard to the right-wing activities in Maharashtra and Gujarat.”
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said the matter is still under probe but senior officials of the agen- cy believe that the ‘input’ may have been generated as an “afterthought”.
Purohit was arrested by Maharashtra ATS on November 5, 2008 and chargesheeted subsequently along with Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and nine others. In a twopage letter, Purohit also names senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar and says ‘he has established sufficient influence over cadres of ABVP and ex- ABVP radical cadres.” Indresh had denied all the allegations. Under the head ‘assessment’, Purohit tries to mitigate the damage to RSS and writes, “Subversion in an organization like RSS would facilitate actions like one which took place in Gujarat/Malegaonandwouldfurther lead to communal clashes which would in turn facilitate fifth columnist, SIMI/IM activists and supporters to go all out in action oriented activities. It may lead to many separatist movements and blame would go onto organization like RSS.”
It further states, “One of such associates(of Indresh)—MrPJoshiwasassassinated in Dewas on 29-30, 2007 by unidentified killers. This individual was supposedly involved in the crude bomb blast in Ajmer Sharif Shrine. When he died/was killed, a ticket to Gujarat was foundonhisbody.Theotherpersonwho is operating in that area is one lady by nameof PragyaSingh.