by Andrew Buncombe
India is being forced to confront disturbing evidence that increasingly
suggests a secret Hindu terror network may have been responsible for a wave
of deadly attacks previously blamed on radical Muslims.
Information contained in a confession given in court by a Hindu holy man,
suggests that he and several others linked to a right-wing Hindu
organisation, planned and carried out attacks on a train travelling to
Pakistan, a Sufi shrine and a mosque as well as two assaults on Malegaon, a
town in southern India with a large Muslim population.
. . . the confession of Swami Aseemanand, obtained by an
Indian news magazine, is perhaps the most damning evidence yet that Hindu
extremists were responsible. It also suggests those involved were senior
members of a religious group that is the parent organisation of India's main
opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). . . .
[The attacks under scrutiny: Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid, Ajmer, Malegaon]
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prejudices against Muslims," Washington Post, March 12, 2011