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Ajmer blast: Government going soft on Saffron accused, says Prashant Bhushan

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Swaraj Abhiyan co-founder Prashant Bhushan tweeted to express his disapproval of the government’s attitude and intention towards the cases of terror, where the accused are seen to be close to Sangh Parivar.

The Ajmer dargah blast, which killed three and injured 17 people, was handed over to the NIA, the National Investigation Agency in 2011. Public prosecutor Ashwini Sharma told that all 14 witnesses have gone back on their statements recorded before the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) and a magistrate under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in 2010.

“After Malegaon blasts SPP asked to go soft on Saffron accused, several witnesses in Ajmer Blasts case turn hostile! Seems to be a clear design by BJP govt to protect Sangh Parivar terrorists in all cases. Hostile witness in Ajmer Blasts case made Minister!”

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Prashant Bhushan has further said, “The PM has been trying to shed his image acquired in Gujarat of being a communal leader with his hands soaked in the blood of thousands of Muslims. He must realise that the handling of these cases of saffron terror during his regime is bound to reinforce his earlier image. If he is serious about shedding that image, he must himself intervene to prevent the derailment of these cases.

In any case, the issue is serious enough for the Supreme court to intervene suo moto to start monitoring these cases. This country’s history is replete with cases of mass murders remaining unpunished. We just cannot afford to keep letting this happen again and again.”

One of the witnesses, Randhir Singh joined the BJP and has been made a minister in the newly formed Jharkhand government.

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PM Narendra Modi Hails India’s Position in Astronomy in Mann ki Baat

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Speaking about the last solar eclipse of the year which happened on December 26, the prime minister Narendra Modi recalled India’s mastery over astronomy since ancient times.

In his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned the request from Ripun who hails from the northeast but is staying now in south India because of his job.

The prime minister mentioned Ripun for his request to find ways to popularise astronomy in rural areas of the country.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field.

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“The eclipse reminds us that that we are travelling in space while residing on the earth…. Friends, India has an ancient and glorious history of astronomy. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation. Many of you might be aware that at various places in India, there are magnificent observatories (Jantar Mantars) – which are worth seeing. And these observatories have a deep bond with astronomy. Who doesn’t know about the prodigious talent of the great Aryabhatta,” PM said. (IANS)