Jaipur: Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Sunday accused BJP and RSS of conducting ‘terror training’ camps to spread saffron terrorism in the country.
“Reports have come during investigation that BJP and RSS conduct terror training camps to spread terrorism…Bombs were planted in Samjhauta express, Mecca Masjid and also a blast was carried out in Malegaon.
“We will have to think about it seriously and will have to remain alert,” Press Trust of India quoted him as saying at the AICC meeting here.
As his remarks came under attack from BJP and RSS, Mr Shinde later said: “This has come so many times in the papers…It is not a new thing that I have said today.”
“This is saffron terrorism that I have talked about. It is the same thing and nothing new. It has come in the media several times,” the minister said.
To a question if it was Hindu terrorism or saffron terrorism, he said, “This is saffron terrorism (that) I have stated.”
Mr Shinde said that infiltration from Pakistan, insurgency in the North-East and Naxalism were the main challenges before the country. “Infiltration is from Pakistan, insurgency is in some states in the North-East and Naxalism is another challenge. Environment is being created against peace but the department will do its complete work,” he said.
The minister said a solution to Naxalism could through initiation of development in the affected areas. “Facilities will have be provided to bring peace in Naxalism-affected areas,” he said.