During interrogation with members of the extremist group Abhinav Bharat, its two key members have revealed that the organisation had set off bomb blasts in the two South Indian states. This gives a new dimension to the ongoing probe.
Hitherto the investigators didn't pay attention to involvement of Hindutva network in blasts in these two states. Though Orissa and Karnataka have witnessed large-scale communal riots in which Christians were targeted and churches were set ablaze, other than incidents of communal rioting.
It was in Orissa that Christian missionary Graham Steins and his children were burnt alive by a mob led by Dara Singh. However, the blasts in Hubli court which were earlier attributed to SIMI, had been found to be handiwork of a Hindu group led by Nagraj Jambagi.
The Hubli incident had given the first indication of fanatical Hindu groups using criminals for terrorism. Till now, the focus was mostly on Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi.
The blasts in which the role of Abhinav Bharat, Sanatan Sanstha and Jai Vande Mataram have been found include Malegaon blasts in 2006 and 2008, Modasa blast in Gujarat, Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid at Hyderabad, Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Rajasthan, Kanpur, blast at Jama Masjid at Delhi, explosions at Thane, Parbhani, Purna in Maharashtra, Goa and the failed plot to target Bhopal congregation.