The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) strongly condemns the manner in which those arrested and charge sheeted for the Malegaon terrorist attack on 29 September 2008 have now been given a clean chit by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). On May 13th 2016 the NIA dropped the charges against the main accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and five others. The NIA has also diluted the charges against Lt. Colonel Shrikant Purohit. The Maharastra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) had booked 16 people including these two and traced the terror attack to the Hindutva organisation Abhinav Bharat.
It should be recalled that the detailed investigation had been conducted by Hemant Karkare who later laid down his life while fighting against the Bombay terror attack. The NIA has insulted his memory.
The earlier Public Prosecutor had come on record warning that the NIA was out to dilute and subvert the case. This has now happened.
The investigation into the Malegoan terror attack laid a trail linking Hindutava terror organisations role in the terror attacks at Ajmer Sharrif, Hyderabad Mecca Masjid and the Samjhouta express terror blast.
Clearly now under the current BJP central government all these investigations will also be compromised. The Indian Parliament has repeatedly expressed unanimously that India’s fight against terrorism is non-negotiable and uncompromising. It has repeatedly underlined that terrorism knows no religion and is plainly anti national. All governments are thus bound to combat and eradicate terrorism irrespective of its source. By diluting the charges against the Hindutva terror outfits this BJP government is clearly compromising on India’s fight against terrorism.
The PB of the CPI (M) demands the a proper investigation be reconducted under the supervision of the Supreme Court based on the charge sheet filed by the Maharashtra ATS in this case. Only then Justice can be delivered and the growth of terrorism can be combated.
(Hari Singh Kang)
For CPI(M) Central Committee Office