BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra slammed Congress party leaders for defaming Hindus, saints and trying to bring separatism in the country.
New Delhi: Slamming the Congress over the Malegaon case, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Sambit Patra on Wednesday (December 29) said the century-old party hates Hindus and is trying to bring separatism in the country. The BJP spokesperson's remarks came a day after a witness of the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case turned hostile on Tuesday and told the court that Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) forced him to falsely take the names of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and five RSS members' in the case.
Briefing media persons, Patra said, "There is no doubt that they hatched a conspiracy to make witnesses tell lies by intimidating them. Congress is involved in insulting Hindus from the beginning. With the revelation of the Malegaon case, we can understand what kind of hatred must have been in the mind of the Congress party leaders towards Hindus. It is a big conspiracy."
"Congress can go to any extent to defame Hindus, saints and even the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Rahul Gandhi had said that 'bhagwa atankwad' (saffron terrorism) is more dangerous. Rahul Gandhi speaks on Hinduism and Hindutva every day. They are trying to bring this separatism," added the BJP leader.
One more witness turned hostile in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case on Tuesday. This is the 15th witness to turn hostile in the case.
The witness told Mumbai's special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court that he was tortured by ATS, the then investigating agency of the case. The witness told the court that he was kept in Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) office for seven days after the blast, and after that, ATS threatened to torture and frame his family members. The witness told the court today that ATS forced him to falsely take the names of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and five RSS members'. The case is currently being investigated by NIA.
Six people were killed and over 100 injured when an explosive device strapped to a motorcycle went off near a mosque in Malegaon, a town in north Maharashtra, on September 29, 2008.