court order dropping of charges under Maharashtra Control of
Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the 2008 Malegaon blast accused
"smashed" the "fictional myth" about Hindu terror, says BJP while
welcoming the order.
"We welcome the dropping of charges under MCOCA against Malegaon
blast accused by the Mumbai special court. With this the
diversionary and fictional myth about Hindu terror has been smashed.
It has been proven false," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
He said the 11,000 page chargesheet against accused sadhvi Pragya
and Colonel Srikant Purohit had failed to prove the MCOCA charges.
Pragya Singh Thakur
was earlier associated with the Sangh Parivar, it was alleged that
Malegaon incident proved the existence of Hindu terror, however BJP
leaders, including party president Rajnath Singh, had defended
Thakur and accused the government of wrongly persecuting her and
harassing her through a series of narco tests.
reactions clearly indicate its intention to politicize the issue.
Interestingly, the party had earlier regretted doing the same.
"What has happened is a part of a judicial process. Even at this
stage we don’t want issues to be politicised, let the judicial
processes be completed which will prove whether the accused are
guilty of a terrorist act or not," BJP spokesperson Prakash
Javadekar had said after the court order.
Bajrang Dal guns
for Naseem's head
Bajrang Dal activists meanwhile tried
to burn the effigy of Arif Naseem Khan, Minister of State for Home
after the news of the Mumbai special court order dropping the MCOCA charges
against the accused appeared in the media. They were demanding his
resignation accusing him of bias and prejudice.
Arif Naseem Khan had called a high
level meeting on Saturday wherein the State Government had decided
to move for an appeal in High Court against the order.
The police however refrained them from
burning the effigy of the minister.