The Special court has given the clean chit given to all the accused in the 2007 Samjhauta blast case. A week after the court called its judgement, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley attacked the Congress-led UPA government blaming it for the false accusal on the entire Hindu community and spreading lied on Hindu terror.
Jaitley said the trial in court happened on the basis of evidence collected during the UPA regime.
“They filed cases based on fake evidence to create the theory, but it is upon the court to decide in the end. The court has said it is a case of no evidence and hence, those who coined the term Hindu terror are now showing devotion”.
He said the previous UPA regime floated the theory of Hindu terror to gain political advances and caught the wrong persons while letting the real culprits remain at large.
The ruling party asserted that people were “framed” by forging evidence and the entire Hindu community was blamed, something that happened for the first time in history.
Taking a swipe at the Congress, including its president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra over their temple visits, senior BJP leader and Union minister Arun Jaitley said those who believed Hindus to be terrorists are now busy showing their dedication to the Hindu religion.
Off late, Congress is trying to project its president Rahul Gandhi as a Janeu clad Brahmin and a Shiv Bhakta while Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi is making visits to Hindu temples in the eastern belt of UP.
In an obvious reference to Mrs Vadra’s visit to Ayodhya, Mr Jaitley said it is good that they visit temples and also acknowledge that it is the birthplace of Lord Ram.
“During the tenure of the UPA and the Congress, when there was no evidence, the theory of Hindu terror was floated for the first time in the history of the country to tarnish the image of Hindu community in India and globally. Three-four similar cases were made but none of them could stand in the court,” the Union Minister said at a press conference in New Delhi.
The Union minister made the comment in the backdrop of a National Investigation Agency court’s judgment acquitting all the four accused including Swami Aseemanand in the Samjhauta blast case.
“I have to conclude this judgment with deep pain and anguish as a dastardly act of violence remained unpunished for want of credible and admissible evidence. There are gaping holes in the prosecution evidence and an act of terrorism has remained unsolved,” Jaitley read out lines from the court judgement.
Hitting out at the Congress-led government, Jaitley said, “The judgment makes it clear that it was a trial of no evidence…So many people died. Who will take responsibility for this? The responsibility lies with the UPA leadership.”
An explosion took place in Samjhauta Express train which runs between India and Pakistan. The explosion, which took place on February 18, 2007, had killed 68 people, including 10 Indians. The National Investigation Agency in its charge sheet said the blast had targeted Pakistani Muslims.
The Haryana police registered a case but the NIA took over the investigation three years later in July 2010. A charge sheet was filed in 2011 against eight people. Four people faced trial while three others could never be traced. Sunil Joshi, the alleged mastermind of the attack, was shot dead a few months after the incident in Madhya Pradesh.
Earlier on March 20, a special court-ordered acquittal of Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan and Rajinder Chaudhary in the Samjhauta case. The blast had ripped apart two coaches of the cross-border train in Haryana.
A terrorist is a terrorist… whosoever is the criminal he must be punished, irrespective of his religion
The term “Hindu terror” was coined to give a bad name to the “otherwise liberal majority community in India”. “Terror is alien to the Hindu culture,” said Arun Jaitley.
“In fact, it is alien to India’s legacy.”
India is a secular nation. However, political parties have been trying to secure benefits by provoking communal disharmony amongst the people.
Congress coined the term Hindu terrorism, merely for political gains, but the BJP could never coin the term like Muslim terrorism, even though being branded as a Hindutva party.
The Supreme Court of India defined Hinduism as a way of life.
Hindu nationalism, whether dubbed as Hindutva or political Hinduism, should neither lose sight of this aspect as Hinduism being our way of life. Fanaticism hurts Hindus as much as it does others. There is no way that fanaticism can thrive in Indian society.
True secularism will neither favour minorities nor distort the traditions of the majority to demonise the latter. Only together, the Indian masses can defeat forces that weaken India who make their way by forging the minds of innocent minds on the name of religion. People must be not be withered along with such ploys and resists themselves to go to the other extreme in becoming anti-Hindu, anti-Muslim, anti-Christian, or against any other tradition.