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Murder of BJP leaders in Bharuch aimed at striking terror, creating communal divide

By Vicky Nanjappa
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    New Delhi, July 28: The National Investigation Agency has framed charges against 10 persons in connection with the Bharuch double murder conspiracy case. The NIA says that murder of two Hindu leaders at Bharuch was carried out to strike terror in the minds of the people.

    Murder of BJP leaders in Bharuch aimed at striking terror, creating communal divide

    The investigations into the murders of two BJP leaders in Bharuch, Gujarat revealed a larger modus operandi. While the accused persons all henchmen of the Dawood Ibrahim gang state that they were avenging the Godhra riots and the Babri Masjid demolition, the investigating team has learnt that the larger agenda was to create an atmosphere of communal hatred in the state of Gujarat.

    The entire plot was hatched by Javed Chikna and his brother Abid who had in turn handed out Rs 50 lakh to murder the two BJP leaders.

    Shirish Bangali, former Bharuch district BJP president and organisational leader, and Pragnesh Mistry, general secretary of the Bharuch BJP youth wing, were killed on November 2 by two masked gunmen.

    It was found that the killings of the two leaders was meant to create communal tension in Gujarat. They expected that the Hindus would react to the killings and this would create a major communal divide in the state, investigators also found.

    The underworld has been playing a key role in furthering communal tension in India. It goes beyond seeking revenge for an incident that occurred several years back. The main intention was to disrupt peace in the state and ensure that riots on a large scale took place, investigators have also learnt.

    To execute the plan, Chikna had sent his brother Abid to Gujarat in May 2015. He contacted the shooters and even handed them part of the payment. He promised them a total of Rs 50 lakh for executing the murders. The men who were picked for the operation ran gambling dens in various parts of Gujarat.

    Abid also instructed these men to identify more Hindu leaders in the state and carry out their execution. The police have learnt that they planned on a series of murders in a bid to agitate Hindus in the state so that it would lead to major communal riots. The Intelligence Bureau says that this is yet another attempt that had been made to increase communal tension in the country.

    An incident in Yavatmal, Maharashtra also made an attempt to kick start a wave of communal incidents. In this incident, an alleged member of the SIMI at the behest of a religious preacher had stabbed a constable protesting the beef ban in the state.

    The IB has warned that such incidents could occur in smaller towns of the country and if the police are not watchful there is a danger of the same spreading across the country.

    The IB also says that groups from Pakistan in association with the underworld will look to launch such attacks in order to increase the communal divide in the country.

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