Indian Express reports on alleged Military Intelligence Rerport on Lt. Col Purohit

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    Purohit plotted to kill RSS leader Indresh Kumar: Report

    A Military Intelligence report of the Army on disgraced officer Lt Colonel Prasad Srikant Purohit — now in jail for his alleged role in the Malegaon 2008 blast and links with Hindu extremists — reveals that his organisation, Abhinav Bharat, had plotted to kill senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar.

    Its reason: Indresh, Purohit suspected, was the “mole of the ISI” (Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence) in the Sangh Parivar and had received fake Indian currency to the tune of Rs 21 crore from the Pak agency.

    Indresh’s name also figures in statements made by some of the accused in a string of terror attacks on Muslim targets, including Malegaon, Mecca Masjid and the Samjhauta Express. Indresh has denied any role and said the government has been playing politics with the investigation.

    The plot to kill Indresh Kumar was revealed by Purohit in his interrogation in connection with the September 29, 2008 Malegaon blast, according to the MI report which has been obtained by The Indian Express.

    Incidentally, the MI report on Purohit says: “Malegaon bomb blast coincided with birthday celebrations of Col Purohit’s younger son. It may not be a mere coincidence.”

    Purohit was jointly questioned by the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) then headed by Hemant Karkare, the Intelligence Bureau and Military Intelligence-9 on October 29-30, 2008.

    The MI report says Abhinav Bharat was Purohit’s brainchild, set up to counter ISI activities in India with “financial assistance” from wealthy RSS supporters. The report says that a Pune-based rich, “staunch” RSS supporter, Shyam Apte, was roped in to finance the plot to kill “ISI agent” Indresh with a fraud Sharda Peeth Shankaracharya alias Dayanand Pandey jumping onto the bandwagon to make money.

    “Ajay Rahilkar aka Raja handled the financial affairs (of Abhinav Bharat) as directed by Col Purohit. One Shyam Apte (70 years), a committed worker of RSS was the main provider of funds. Rahilkar has disclosed payment of Rs 3.20 lakh to Rakesh Dhavde (the arms supplier of Abhinav Bharat) to buy arms as directed by Purohit. This has been separately confirmed by Dhavde and Col Purohit, who stated that these weapons were being procured on directions of Shankaracharya who tasked Col Purohit to eliminate one Indresh Kumar, a senior RSS functionary based in Delhi. Indresh Kumar was allegedly an agent of ISI and along with one Subedar Singh was also involved in pumping of fake Indian currency,” says the interrogation report.

    While Purohit claimed that it was “Shankaracharya” who asked him to “eliminate” Indresh, Shyam Apte told the Maharashtra ATS that it was Purohit who told him that during a special assignment in Nepal, entrusted to him by Director General Military Intelligence, he unearthed the involvement of Indresh in ISI activities.

    Purohit then reportedly claimed that Army headquarters didn’t act on his report and frustrated at this, he (Purohit) approached Apte to help kill Indresh as he was “the enemy of the country and Hindu dharma.”

    The report underlines the fact that Sadhvi Pragya Singh also said that when she discussed the issue of the “proposed elimination” of Indresh, who was like a father to Pragya, the “Shankaracharya conveyed that it was Purohit who had requested him to accommodate two commandos (at his Faridabad ashram) in Delhi.”

    The report says: “Shankaracharya told Pragya that he refused to accommodate the two commandos of Colonel Purohit as they had been sent to eliminate Indresh Kumar.”

    The plan to assassinate Indresh was activated during Purohit’s visit to Delhi from Panchmarhi during January 26-29, 2008. According to the report, Purohit stayed at the Shankaracharya Ashram in Faridabad and introduced Major (Retd) Ramesh Upadhyay, Bharat Bhai and Sameer Kulkarni to Dayanand Pandey. According to Purohit, it was during this meeting that the Shankaracharya asked him to procure weapons for killing Indresh.

    According to the report, it was during Abhinav Bharat’s first public meeting in Bhopal on April 11-12, 2008 that Purohit managed to bring the Shankaracharya and Swami Aseemanand on a common platform. “Presence of Sadhvi, Ramji Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange at the function also demonstrated his proximity to the core group who had undertaken anti-Islamic acts in the recent past. The officer initially denied his presence at the meeting but on confrontation with Sadhvi admitted to his illegal presence. He also admitted handing over a 9 mm pistol to one Aloke, close associate of Shankaracharya, at Bhopal Railway Station to kill Indreshji in Delhi,” the MI report said.
     
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    Not just Muslims, Purohit team went after Christians too: Report

    Not just Muslims, Lt Colonel Prasad Srikant Purohit and his Abhinav Bharat also targeted Christians in several locations including Kandhamal in Orissa, North Karnataka, Pune, Jabalpur and Bhopal. And that Malegaon blast accused and Purohit’s key aide Sameer Kulkarni was allegedly behind the killing of two Christians in Orissa in August 2008.

    This revelation comes in the Military Intelligence (MI) report of the Army based on the interrogation of Purohit, himself one of the prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast and a key link in the Hindu extremist network.

    The report, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, said that Malegaon blast co-accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh confronted Purohit during his joint interrogation by MI, the Maharashtra ATS and the Intelligence Bureau at a safe house in Khandala on October 30, 2008.

    “She mentioned that the Army officer had met her on October 5, 2008, and confessed to have orchestrated the Malegoan blast, killing of two persons in Orissa in August 2008 and arson in North Karnataka. The officer admitted to having made such statements to Sadhvi Pragya but attributed these outbursts to his boasting about the Malegaon incident. But, later, during the same confrontation he admitted that this outfit had killed two persons in Orissa through Sameer Kulkarni, a full-time activist of Abhinav Bharat,” the MI report stated.

    Sameer Kulkarni was called Chanakya by Purohit, a generic name given to those part of the military wing of Abhinav Bharat.

    “Responsible for covert operations, the RSS activist was instrumental in breaking influential RSS and VHP workers towards Abhinav Bharat. He is known to be associated with the core group who had undertaken the IED blast in Ajmer in 2007. In March 2008, he accompanied Ramji Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange to Purohit’s residence in Panchmarhi. Police records confirmed his involvement in anti-Christian riots in Pune, Jabalpur and Bhopal. Lt Col Purohit admitted that on behalf of Abhinav Bharat, Sameer killed two Christians in Orissa in August 2008. This act indicated that Lt Col Purohit wanted to establish an organisation with aggressive anti-Christian stance,” the MI report said.

    That Abhinav Bharat had become the hub of ultra right Hindu forces is evident from the fact that extremist organisations like Sreeram Sena and Hindustan Rashtriya Sena wanted Purohit’s organisation to merge with their outfits.

    “During December 22, 2007-January 2, 2008, Lt Col Purohit participated in a meeting called by Swami Aseemanand at Anil Mahajan’s house in Pune. The meeting was attended by Vilas Pawar of Sreeram Sena, Karnataka, Pramod Muttalik of Hindustan Rashtriya Sena, Bharat Rateshwar aka Bharat Bhai of Gujarat, Dr Seetharamaiah of Andhra Pradesh, Sudhakar Chaturvedi and Ajay Rahirkar. During the meeting, Swami Aseemanand made an attempt to merge Abhinav Bharat with existing organisations but consensus could not be reached,” the report stated.
     

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