The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Madhya Pradesh police arrested 11 people for allegedly supplying information to Pakistan’s spy agency ISI on Friday, 10th February. Two of the people arrested have close links with the BJP.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said that one of the arrested people is a member of BJP’s IT Cell. Dhruv Saxena joined BJP’s IT Cell a year ago. Digvijaya Singh tweeted that not even one person arrested was a Muslim, and there are BJP men involved in supplying information to Pakistan ISI
“Five persons from Gwalior, three from Bhopal, two from Jabalpur and one from Satna has been arrested in connection with the spying,” informed ATS chief Sanjiv Shami to the media. Shami added that the action was carried out in cooperation with central investigative agencies, J&K intelligence and agencies from UP.
The gang was busted after interrogating two ISI operatives, Satwindar and Dadu, who were arrested earlier, in November 2016. They had sensitive information on defence installations and camps. The leader of this gang was identified as Balram, from Satna.
The accused were using SIM boxes and other equipment to mask the identity of callers from Pakistan and other countries. The police said that the accused were operating a parallel telephone exchange using Chinese equipment and SIM-boxes in Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur and Satna. These exchanges were used by Pakistan handlers to send money into the bank accounts of Balram.
This is not the first time that the right-wing has been involved with terrorism. Hindu terrorism has been a reality. BJP has historically garnered support from right-wing organisations. RSS has been their mother ideologue, and other like-minded Hindu-fundamentalist organisations their support base. These organisations have been allegedly involved in instances of terrorism and spreading communal hatred.
One cannot forget Burning alive of Australian Christian missionary and his children in 1999. Bajrang Dal member Dara Singh was convicted for leading a mob and burning Australian Christian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons alive in Orissa.
Who can forget the Gujarat Riots of 2002, where Muslims were ruthlessly massacred by the “Hindu foot soldiers”.
Or the Samjhauta Express bombing! Twin blasts that shook two coaches of the Samjhauta Express around midnight on 18 February 2007, killing 68 people and injuring dozens. The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) suspected the attacks to be linked to Prasad Shrikant Purohit, an Indian army officer and member of Abhinav Bharat , a Hindu fundamentalist group.
The blast outside the dargah of Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, in 2007, which was linked with RSS and its groups. 5 accused were caught in this connection, 4 being from RSS!
Malegaon blast on September 2008, in which three bombs were exploded in Gujarat and Maharashtra, killing 8 and injuring 80. Hindu fundamentalist groups were involved, and the three arrested persons were identified as Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Shiv Narayan Gopal Singh Kalsanghra and Shyam Bhawarlal Sahu.
The list goes on.
With all the communal ‘anti-Muslim’ organisations as their support base, to have their people involved in compromising in the national security by spying for ISI, is indeed an irony.
BJP’s hard-line on ISI is clearly just a sham when such elements exist in their party. Their own people are involved in the phone racket and sharing our crucial information to the ISI.
BJP has been quick to brand people as ‘nationalists’ and ‘anti-nationals’. While this is the true colour of BJP and its nationalism.