Tenkasi blasts sought to ignite communal clashes: Patil (Lead)

April 30th, 2008 - 6:34 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Shivraj Patil

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) The intention behind the bomb blasts outside the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) office in Tamil Nadu in January this year was to spark Hindu-Muslim clashes, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said Wednesday. Giving details of the bombing along with another near the bus stand in Tenkasi town, Patil said it was alleged that the bomb victim, Kumar Pradhan, was killed by some Muslims.

“His brother Ravi and his friends got into a conspiracy and a pipe bomb was put in front of the RSS office. One bomb exploded in a bus. The intent was that clashes take place between Hindus and Muslims,” Patil told the Rajya Sabha.

Patil was replying to a question from Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) member Brinda Karat about the Tenkasi bomb blasts and the alleged involvement of Hindu Munnani men in those “terrorist acts” and its implication on national security.

She also sought to know from the minister whether similar blasts had also taken place in Nanded in Maharashtra.

Patil said the Maharashtra police had found that “some people from the Bajrang Dal (were) involved in the Nanded blasts” in April 2006.

He told the house that “when objections were raised about the impartiality of the Maharashtra police, the investigations were handed over to the anti-terrorist squad. When objections were raised on this too, the case was handed over to the CBI. Results of all the investigations were the same”.

Amid repeated protests from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) benches, he said all these blasts showed that a move was afoot to create bad blood between sections of society. “But I can say that we cannot blame only one section because several elements are involved.”

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