RSS & 26/11: Digvijaya flags it off again, this time in Mumbai

Undeterred by the storm of criticism triggered by his comments linking the killing of Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare during the 26/11 terror attacks to the alleged threats Karkare had received from Hindu extremists, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh today released the book 26/11 RSS Ki Saazish? (26/11, An RSS Conspiracy?) in Mumbai, using the platform to launch a fresh attack on radical Hindu groups for what he called "majority terrorism".

Singh had released the same book, authored by Aziz Burney, Editor-in-Chief of Urdu Sahara newspaper, in Delhi on December 6. At that launch event, he had said that Karkare had called him two hours before the 26/11 attack in Mumbai to say that his life "was blighted by constant threats" from those opposed to the ATS probe into the 2008 Malegaon blast in which Hindu extremists were accused.

Days later, Singh repeated the comments to The Indian Express, which sparked national outrage, with Karkare's wife Kavita saying that he seemed to be playing politics with the death of her husband. Singh had subsequently sought to dilute his comments, saying that he had called Karkare and not the other way round and also that he never doubted Karkare was killed by LeT terrorists. He had even offered to produce records of his phone calls but said BSNL did not store records older than 12 months. Speaking at the Islam Gymkhana in the financial capital where Burney's book was released locally today, Singh once again sought to highlight the danger posed to the country by Hindu extremist groups. "I said that as far as the 26/11 incident is concerned, there must be no suspicion that it was done by Pakistani terrorists. But this is for sure that there was pressure on Hemant Karkareji," said Singh.

The ideology which was putting pressure on Karkare was the same one which was responsible for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and for driving a wedge between Hindus and Muslims, he said. Singh pointed out that those from the Hindu Right, whether it was the Shiv Sena, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi or BJP leaders L K Advani and Rajnath Singh, had "questioned Shri Hemant Karkare's integrity, loyalty and patriotism towards the nation and pressure was applied on him".

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