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RSS leader murder: attempt to save real killers?

Jan 28, 2011 08:54 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Swami Aseemanand in custody of the ATS and Sunil Joshi an expelled RSS leader, murdered mysteriously in 2007 are a big source of concern for the Sangh Parivar.

In his confession to the CBI, Aseemanand has said that he suspected senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar's hand in Sunil Joshi's murder - an allegation not accepted so far by the Madhya Pradesh police.

But now CNN-IBN has found several loopholes in the police version of Sunil Joshi's murder.

Rashid Shah was killed a day after Joshi's murder. His son Jaleel, also burnt alive by the same group, succumbed to his two weeks later.

The father and son were killed in riots that erupted around Dewas after Sunil Joshi's killing.

CNN IBN has accessed Jaleel Shah's dying declaration, in which he has named three RSS leaders responsible for killing him and his father.

The declaration now with the MP court reads, “on 30th December 2007, around 15-20 motorcycle borne people came to the house of Rashid Shah in Sutarkheda village. One of these was an individual named Ajab Singh who had a firearm. Rashid Shah died due to injury from this fire arm. Jaleel Shah died later. There were several bullets fired at the spot as well.”

But no chargesheet has been filed against Ajab Singh so far.

Jaleel in his dying declaration named Ajab Singh as the mob leader. Ajab Singh is a RSS pracharak who operates from nearby village Agrod. He got the benefit of doubt because there were three Ajab Singh's in the village.

Family members who witnessed the mayhem have identified him and two others but the police expected the dying man to remember the surnames and fathers of his killers.

“Ajab Singh's name was mentioned but his surname was not mentioned, his address was not mentioned. There were three Ajab Singhs in the village,” said Shiv Narayan Tiwary, Investigating officer.

So why didn’t the police act against those RSS men named by Jaleel in his dying declaration?

Was the killing of Rashid and Jaleel part of a larger conspiracy to deflect attention from the real killers of Josh ?

But why was Rashid Shah killed? He was a faqeer and was even associated with the Radhaswami Satsang Seva Samiti and played Dholak during their religious ceremonies. This fact was corroborated by the Investigating officer of the case to CNN IBN.

“He even used go to the temple and play Dholak over there,” said Tiwary.

"My father was part of the Radha Swami Seva Satsangh Samiti, He was influenced by them He even encouraged us to get associated with this,” said Raees Shah, Rashid Shah's son.

Five people have been sentenced to life in prison for the murders of Rashid and Jaleel Shah. However, these were not the people named by Jaleel in his dying declaration.

On basis of Jaleel's declaration, the trial court directed the state police to get a DSP level officer to enquire into the role of the three RSS men on July 13, 2009.

Three DSPs were changed in 18 months since the court order, but the Madhya Pradesh police did not respond on the specific allegation against RSS leaders.

But in an attempt to close the case, the five other murder accused were convicted on 31st July 2009 itself.

"We had brought up the dying declaration and the court had asked the state police to investigate and report back vis a vis the references made but so far my clients have not been informed about anything,’ said Sidharth Mahurkar, victim’s counsel.

Speaking to CNN IBN, investigators say Sunil Joshi's murder may have been plotted to provoke communal riots in Devas. Attacking Rashid and Jaleel Shah may have been to divert attention, enabling Sadhvi Pragya Thakur to enter Joshi's house the day he was murdered, as claimed by Sunil Joshi's niece herself.

CNN IBN has found that when Pragya Thakur went to Sunil Joshi's house, another RSS man was present. His identity remains unknown.

Pragya Thakur is supposed to have taken away a bag from Sunil Joshi's home. What was in the bag is unknown.

All facts that the Madhya Pradesh police did not record in its case diary on Joshi's killing.

The irony is that on paper even Sunil Joshi's killlers have been caught by the state police.

But who was the mastermind, was Joshi really murdered due to personal rivalry?

Its the answer to this question which lies at the heart of the entire controversy surrounding involvement of some RSS leaders in terror strikes across the country.

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