Saamna flays Hindus held for Thane bomb blasts

June 18th, 2008 - 10:13 pm ICT by IANS  


Mumbai, June 18 (IANS) The Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna has advocated build-up of Hindu response to counter the “growing Islamic terrorism” in the country while ridiculing members of a Hindu fundamentalist organisation held for low-intensity bomb blasts in Thane. The widely circulated Marathi language paper has in its editorial comment Wednesday heaped scorn on the Hindu Jan Jagruti Sanghatana and Sanatan Sabha whose members have confessed to having planted a low intensity bomb in the parking lot of Gadkari Rangayatan auditorium in Thane June 3 that exploded injuring a few people.

Ramesh Gadkari, Santosh Angre, Vikram Bhave and Mangesh Nikam have told the police that they planted the bomb to protest insulting references to Hindu deities in a Marathi play “Aamhi Pachpute” that was staged in the theatre.

The Saamna editorial said: “We were already convinced after reading the (initial) reports of the damp squib that it could not be the handiwork of any Islamic terrorist organisation as they would never plant such tiny, feeble bombs that would do no more than causing minor injuries to a few persons and bring disrepute to their outfits.”

Underscoring the ‘imperative’ to stand up in defence of Hindu culture and society under attack from “Islamic terrorism” not only “by flexing muscles but by hurling the bombs”, the editorial further says: “It pleases us to read a headline saying ‘Hindutva’ supporters have caused bomb blasts but makes us hang our heads in shame when we read that they hurt ordinary Hindu people in a drama theatre.”

The Shiv Sena mouthpiece, edited by party leader Bal Thackeray, concludes the editorial by flaying the planters of the feeble bombs for “sullying the Hindu pride by such tame acts”.

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