Treat Bajrang Dal also as terror outfit: Sharad Pawar

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Alibaug (Maharashtra), Oct 6: Sharad Pawar, the National Congress Party (NCP) chief and Union Agriculture Minister on Sunday, Oct 5 strongly reacted against the 'double standards' of police for only targeting Muslims as terrorists and not Hindu groups like 'Bajrang Dal'.

“If Muslims are being targeted as terrorists, why no action is taken against Hindu groups like Sanatan Prabhat and Bajrang Dal," he said. The culprits should be booked under the law whether they are Hindus or Muslims," Pawar said at the end of a two-day NCP meeting in Alibaug. "The involvement of Sanatan Prabhat and Bajrang Dal in the riots at Thane and also blasts came to light recently but it was not highlighted," he added.

He asked the Union Home Ministry to intervene and adopt a different attitude to handle the issue of terrorism. Pawar said "after all the unity of the nation is important otherwise the society will have to pay the ultimate price for it."

"Those who get involved in illegal activities and create enmity between the communities, whether they belong to Bajrang Dal or SIMI... I am not taking any names but same approach should be taken for everybody," he said.

“I have read the literature of Sanatan organisation written by founder Anil Pachpute and it was horrible." Sharad Pawar futhre warned that isolating particular strata of society by labelling as terrorist is not a good sign.

"I have worked with the Home Department but I don't know why police are declaring names of terrorists at press conferences nowadays. This may affect investigations," Pawar said. "How come all the accused are masterminds who were caught after blasts." he added.

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