Malegaon blasts: Transforming Hemant Karkare from hero to villain

Posted on: May 14, 2016 10:59 AM IST | Updated on: May 16, 2016 07:41 PM IST

The National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) chargesheet in 2008 Malegaon blasts on Friday seemed more of an indictment of 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare than the clean chit to saffron terror accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Col Purohit.

Karkare must be turning in his grave seeing how his probe that led to expose of ‘Hindu’ terror network from Malegaon to Madhya Pradesh has been thrown to the bin thanks to politics of terror.

Malegaon blasts: Transforming Hemant Karkare from hero to villain

Is this ‘material’ evidence not enough to try a person under terrorism charges

As I heard about NIA’s clean chit to Sadhvi, the first question that struck my mind was whether NIA is going the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) way in investigating the cases according to the convenience of their political masters.

The NIA’s allegations that the Maharashtra ATS led by late Hemant Karkare planted the RDX at Lt. Colonel Prasad Purohit’s residence cannot be given credence keeping in view former NIA special public prosecutor Rohini Salian’s claims that she was asked to go slow on saffron terror accused in Malegaon blasts case.

If NIA is confident that Hemant Karkare carried out Malegaon blasts probe in a ‘biased’ manner, then the government should immediately stripped late ATS officer of Ashok Chakra awarded to him posthumously in 2009 for the valour he showed while fighting the terrorists in Mumbai.

The dropping of MCOCA charges against saffron terror accused like Sadhvi and Purohit despite presence of strong evidence in probes conducted by Maharashtra ATS shows that the present dispensation has somewhat turned a blind eye to saffron terror activities.

Since the change in government at the centre, there has been concerted efforts to weaken the cases involving Hindu extremists elements, be it Ajmer blast or Samjhauta Express blasts case where NIA did not oppose bail to Swami Aseemanand.

As Indian Express quotes an officer saying that the only ‘material’ evidence against Pragya was that the motorcycle on which the bomb was placed was in her name makes the case more serious than frivolous.

Is this ‘material’ evidence not enough to try a person under terrorism charges when his or her vehicle was used for a heinous crime??

Suppose if a Muslim man’s vehicle is used for a terrorist crime, will the agencies give him benefit of doubt saying the man was not directly involved in the crime?? Rather he will be made to rot in jail for many years without any guarantee of being acquitted.

There is no doubt that the Centre is misusing the terror probe agency (NIA) to its benefit to give an impression that there is nothing like ‘saffron terror’ which was made a buzz word during UPA regime.

And why so? This is because the government and its leaders perceive the current dispensation as the first 'Hindu' government in the history of Independent India and they can’t see the image of the religion being sullied.

Today, Hemant Karkare died a second death but this time at the hands of his own people.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are personal opinions of the author.

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