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

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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