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'Didi is brain behind NRI Pankaj Trivedi murder,' alleges Shah

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Ahmedabad, July 5 (UNI) Making a scathing attack on the head of the Parivar, Jayshree Talwalkar or 'Didi' , member of the Swadhyay Parivar and president of Plastindia Mahesh Shah today accused her of being ''the brains'' behind the murder of Gujarati NRI Pankaj Trivedi.

The allegation comes a day after police nabbed five people for their alleged involvement in the murder.

Describing them as mere puppets, he said Didi like ''Osama bin Laden or the LTTE,'' has been provoking people to take to violence in the name of religion.

''Whoever raises a voice against her is silenced. Many had been assaulted and threatened. She encourages her followers to go to any extent against anybody opposing her, in the name of Vedic Sanskriti.

Is this a democracy, where one cannot place one's views?'' he asked, while addressing a press conference here.

He said this was never the case when the Swadhyay's founder late Pandurang Shastri was at the helm of affairs. ''We have worked so hard in villages since 1955 and the organisation was known for the ideals and values it stood for,'' he added.

Mr Shah said Didi had targeted Trivedi for 'exposing' financial irregularities within the organisation, especially those related to 'misuse' of overseas donations for rehabilitation of the 2001 Gujarat earthquake victims and also in the Templeton Prize money recieved by the organisation.

He said Trivedi had also lodged a complaint with the Association of Chartered Accountants to inquire into the lapses.

Why cant the management of Swadhyay come out with the audit certificates, instead of huge ads, proclaiming its innocence, he asked.

''She has been in her addresses at sammelans, talking against people, like Trivedi, who had dared to raise a voice against her.

''Some of her followers had taken it as a cause to finish her opponents,'' he added.

Apart from Satish Rugani and Vinod Sanchania, who had been assaulted or intimidated for opposing Ms Talwalkar, Mr Shah claimed there had been five attempts on his life and that he had been recieving threats too.

Talking about Ms Talwalkar, who had been abroad since the murder took place on June 15, he said now she was in India as she had come to Rameswaram to attend a function last week. ''She was to come to Mumbai but has not yet done so. She is said to be very depressed,'' he said.

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