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“The charges are serious. If they are finally proved, there´s no doubt that army authority will take severe action against the officer.”
Anti-Terrorism Squad officers say they have “solid evidences” against all accused, including the nun.
In a Maharashtra earlier this month, the squad presented a tape-recorded, 400-minute conversation in which the nun asked the suspected planter of the Malegaon bomb, Ramji Kalsangre, why the casualty rate in the bombing was disappointingly low. She also reportedly expressed concern that police had traced to her the ownership of the motorbike used in the bombing.
Mr. Kalsangre, who is on the run, purportedly told her that he could not park the motorbike at the targeted place because Malegaon was too crowded ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr festivities, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Police officials say the terrorist network involving Hindu activists and religious leaders has been in operation across India for at least five years and possibly had bombed some more Muslim targets including the India-Pakistan friendship train, Samjhauta Express, last year and three mosques.
Analysts say that for almost two decades Hindu militant groups such as Bajrang Dal have been involved in militant activities against Muslims and Christians, and in the past few years some splinter Hindu groups have taken to bombing in what many view as “revenge” attacks.
“Hindus are dying [in the hands of Muslim terrorists]. There is a need to fight Muslims head on. We have to prove that we are not [powerless] eunuchs,” said Himangshu Phanse, a former self-defense instructor with the Hindu group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, in 2006 — months before he died while making a bomb in the Maharastra town of Nanded.
“Counterattacks are the only way to teach [Muslims] a lesson and avenge Muslim terror attacks.”
Shabbir Husain, a mosque leader in the predominantly Muslim city of Aligarh in northern India, says he thinks the Hindu terrorist network has been involved in more attacks than targeting the Muslims - including ones targeting Hindus in order to provoke revenge against Muslims.
“Such terror attacks, routinely blamed on Islamic militants, do not help Muslims achieve anything - the whole community faces further isolation in this society. On the other hand, because they are known as Muslim attacks, they help polarize the society on communal lines and finally benefit the Hindu parties politically in this Hindu-majority country.” he said.
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