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The Indian Herald

May 14, 2016

Charges against 'Hindu terrorist' Pragya Thakur dropped, Oppn blames BJP: India's fight against terror has a pro-Saffron bias?

In a major development, the charges against Pragya Singh Thakur, the alleged Hindu terror mastermind, have been weakened.

The premier anti-terror agency, National Investigation Agency (NIA), has dropped the stringent charges against Sadhvi Pragya.

Opposition parties alleged that BJP government at the Centre forced NIA to take the action in order to save Pragya Thakur.

They alleged that it was an attempt to save the RSS leaders whose names are linked in connection with the Malegaon blast case.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) under late Hemant Karkare had painstakingly conducted the investigation that found her as a main suspect.

The vehicle that was used to plant the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Malegaon, was found to be owned by Thakur. Sangh Parivar's leaders had been leading a campaign to get her released.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh alleged that BJP was trying to save RSS and its leaders. He said that it was a matter of shame that in order to get Pragya Thakur saved, the NIA went to the extent of blaming a martyr, Hemant Karkare.

After the BJP came to power, there were repeated allegations by a top prosecutor, Rohini Salian, that probe was being affected to 'save' the  Hindu terror accused. With MCOCA being dropped, Thakur would be able to walk free, may get bail easily.

She The move is being seen as a clear attempt to protect the Hindutva leader, who was close to RSS, which is the ruling BJP's mother organisation. Lt Col Srikant Purohit is also an accused in this case apart from other right-wing leaders and RSS workers.

The manner in which NIA has changed the stand and put onus on ATS, raises serious questions on whether investigation is other cases are fair at all or coloured by Hindutva vision, a bias against Muslims and softness towards Hindu terrorists.

TIH Bureau

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