PERCEPTION of many senior police officials in general and its Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) bosses in particular is that investigation in the Ajmer bomb blast case was carried out more in a subjective manner than objectively with an aim to implicate senior RSS functionary Shri Indresh Kumar. By doing this they deliberately gave a tool to leaders of ruling Congress party to get political mileage from it by defaming this nationalist organisation.
They are of the firm view that by indulging in such acts, the bosses of ATS have dented the credibility of police organisation and its elite wing . As government is soon to select the Police Commissioners for Jaipur and Jodhpur, certain high level ATS officials and few others worked over zealously in the investigation of this case to catch the eyes of their political bosses to get plum posts
The charge-sheet filed by the ATS in the local court at Ajmer about a fortnight ago, has left many questions to answer than to solve the case. Its claim has gasping holes and contradictions. As far hatching of the conspiracy at a meeting at a guest house in Jaipur, has exposed the Anti Terrorist Squad’s (ATS) quest to implicate senior RSS leader Shri Indresh Kumar in this case.
On the one hand its officials are busy trying to establish the role of RSS. But the charge-sheet clearly mentioned that no organisation was directly involved in this case as certain people in their individual capacity formed a group to carry out the blasts. ATS, in its charge-sheet claims that on October 31, 2005 a meeting of about half a dozen people was held in room no 26 in the guest house of Gujarati Samaj in Jaipur. The room was booked by Sunil Joshi, one of the accused, under a fake name of Manoj Kumar. Meeting, besides others, was attend by Sadhavi Pragaya Thakur of Vande Matram and Swami Aseemanand of Abhinav Bharat.
Charge-sheet also claims that meeting was addressed by Shri Indresh Kumar, who told them to use the cover of some religious organisation to carry out their activities to avoid the suspicion of the police. ATS has also claimed that Aruna Thakur ,manager of the guest house , during investigation ,revealed that room indeed was booked by Sunil Joshi under a fake name.
But Aruna Thakur, on the very same day denied that any one from ATS had ever approached her so there was no question of providing such specific information.
She maintains that, as a lot of people are coming to the guest house every day, so she could not remember that any one by this name stayed here about four years back.
Interestingly, some cops from ATS, reached the guest house in the evening, when it had already filed the charge- sheet in the morning, and had asked for the records of the guest house . “ We provided the guest register sought by ATS personnel” says Ramesh, Secretary of Gujarati Samaj, which run the guest house.
Contradiction of ATS in investigating this case in which three people were killed in Dargah at Ajmer on October 11,2007 could be judged from the initial investigation of the case. Within a week of the blasts, ATS sleuths claimed that they had cracked the case . They said it was the work of Huji and they had arrested one shopkeeper around the Dargah, who belonged to Hyderabad. They also arrested a teacher – cum cleric at a madrasa at Khandela and said he was an activist of Huji and was frequently visiting Dargah to prepare a detailed map to facilitate the terrorist attack.
But ATS changed its line of investigation after Congress came to power in December 2008.
Before his present responsibilities , Shri Indresh Kumar at that time was looking after Rashtriya Muslim Manch (RMM) with its headquarter at Jaipur. He had addressed several Muslim gatherings in Jaipur and other parts of the State to bring Muslim community close to the RSS.
Those who know the working and approach of the RSS, say some individual RSS men were not happy with the RSS’s efforts to appease Muslims. Those who were arrested or whose names have figured in the charge-sheet are those elements who were opposed to such approach and were blaming Shri Indresh Kumar for the same. Then how Shri Indresh Kumar could become part of them and guide them for carrying out terrorist acts, they ask.
To please political bosses, certain ATS officials started indulging in selective briefings to highlight the alleged involvement of Shri Indresh Kumar, whereas till the other day they were maintaining that a “mysterious Swami Aseemanand of Abhinav Bharat was the mastermind behind the Ajmer Dargah blast case.” The Swamiji is highly respected for the excellent work he has done among the Janjatis of Gujarat.
In the charge-sheet, the name of Aseemanand did not figure among the six main accused. His name has been added in the list of another six persons, including Shri Indresh Kumar, about whom ATS claimed has suspicion of their involvement and needed further investigation and interrogation to ascertain their role.
When ATS changed its line of investigation from Huji to right wing Hindu organisations like Abhinav Bharat—they were zeroing in on this Swami as it got the lead it claimed that Sunil Joshi, Devender Gupta, Sandeep Dange, Chandrasehkhar Leve Ramji and Lokesh Sharma, main accused in the case, were allegedly in touch with Swami Aseemanandji, though they have no evidence against Swamiji.
ATS believed that it was this Swami, head of Abhinav Bharat, who had arranged their training in his Ashram in Dang area of Gujarat, which is close to Banswara and Dungarpur districts of Rajasthan
Even today ATS has little information about the Swami, whose real name is Jatin Charterjee. Assemanand, who allegedly disappeared from his Ashram soon after his name figured in blast case, had set-up his Ashram few years back to counter the activities of Christian missionaries, who were allegedly indulging in religious conversion of tribals to Christianity.
In the latest selective brief these ATS officials have claimed that it was not Sunil Joshi, but Shri Indresh Kumar himself, under a fake name of Manoj Kumar, who had booked room no 26 in the Gujarati Samaj guest House in Jaipur on October 31, 2005, where he allegedly held a meeting in which the conspiracy to carry out bomb blasts at Dargah was prepared.
But those who know the working of RSS and its pracharaks are not willing to accept this claim. As their functioning system, RSS pracharaks always only stay in RSS offices, wherever they are posted and also during their tours to other areas. Moreover a senior functionary like Shri Indresh Kumar, whose headquarters during those days was Jaipur, was not expected to book a room under a fake name as he was a known personality in the State capital.
For three years, from 2002, Indresh Kumar was given the task to clear the misgivings of Muslim community about the RSS. A new organisation Rashtriya Muslim Manch(RMM) was formed. Under its banner a convention of Muslims was held in Jaipur, which was attended by about 5,000 Muslims. Owing to his knowledge of Quran, Indresh Kumar was seen as friend by prominent Muslims. Salwat Khan, chairman of the Wafq Board even hosted a dinner in his honour, which was attended by several prominent Muslims of the State capital
Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal and some ATS officials claim that MP police had provided the diary of Sunil Joshi which contained the telephone numbers of Shri Indresh Kumar and some other RSS pracharaks. They say that this clearly indicates that Joshi was in touch with senior RSS functionaries.
But Dhariwal and these ATS officials are hiding the fact that the said diary of Joshi is yet to be authenticated by matching its writing with the writings of Joshi. Joshi was murdered near Devas , allegedly by some SIMI activists, about two months after the Dargah blasts.