Coming out in support of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on his controversial 'Hindu Terror' remark, Union Home Secretary R. K. Singh on Tuesday said that intelligence agencies have evidences against at least ten persons involved in terror attacks, who belonged to Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) at some point of time.
"During the investigations into the Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Dargah Sharif blasts, we have at least ten names, who have been associated with RSS at some point of time or other. There have been statements of the witnesses during the investigation, and I don't think it can be denied by anyone," said Singh.
"Sunil Joshi, Dandeep Dange, Assemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma and Kamal Chauhan are among those persons, investigation is in progress and some people have been chargesheeted," he added.
Earlier on Sunday, the last day of the Congress Party"s Chintan Shivir in Jaipur, Rajasthan, Shinde stirred a major controversy when he alleged that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were running training camps with the objective of promoting Hindu terror across the country.
To prove his point, Shinde cited the examples of the Samjhauta Express blast (February 18, 2007), the Mecca Masjid (May 18, 2007) and Malegaon explosions (September 8, 2006.)
The BJP and the RSS immediately and vociferously condemned the remark and sought Shinde"s resignation from the Union Cabinet along with apologies from UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Later, issuing some sort of clarification, Shinde said that he had made a reference to "Saffron Terrorism" and appeared to reject the view that he had used the words 'Hindu Terrorism'. (ANI)