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Former RSS Worker Makes Shocking Claims; Here’s 6 things To Know About The Allegations

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In a shocking allegation, a former RSS pracharak (worker) has filed an affidavit in a Nanded court alleging that the RSS was involved in a series of bomb blasts across the country. Yashwant Shinde, the former worker making the allegations, stated that the organization was involved in the explosions to give the BJP help or a push to win the elections.


Here are the top questions answered to simplify the news for you!

  • What is the RSS?

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is a Hindu nationalist, right-wing paramilitary volunteer organization in India. The RSS is the originator and leader of the Sangh Parivar, a broad body of organizations with a presence in all aspects of Indian society. RSS was established on September 27, 1925.


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  • What are the allegations?

Yashwant Shinde, the former worker, sixteen years after a bomb exploded at the home of a Rashtriya Swayansevak Sangh (RSS) worker in Nanded, a former top RSS functionary, has filed an appeal with a special CBI court alleging that numerous prominent right-wing officials were personally engaged in the tragedy.

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Yashwant Shinde (L) and his Affidavit (R)
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Shinde believes that the Parbhani and Jalna mosque bombings in 2004 followed the same pattern as the Nanded case. But, he claims he has purposefully focused solely on the Nanded case. He told the Wire, “In those cases, the courts have already acquitted the accused person. I want to focus on just the ongoing case in the court.”

  • What were the Nanded blast case and the other cases?

The Nanded bomb explosion, which happened on the night of April 4 and 5, 2006, was one of three explosions in the Marathwada district of Maharashtra in recent years. In the other two bombings, Parbhani (2003) and Purna (2004), courts have already acquitted all those accused of tossing bombs at mosques.

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The CBI, which took over the case from the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, claims that the explosion happened by chance at the home of one Laxman Rajkondwar, who is purportedly an RSS worker. While building the bomb, Rajkondwar’s son Naresh and VHP activist Himanshu Panse were killed. The investigating authorities suspect the device was intended to harm a mosque in Aurangabad.

  • What are the other allegations?

Shinde claims to have known Panse since 1999 when the latter was employed full-time by the VHP in Goa. Shinde alleged at a conference in 1999 that Panse and seven of his friends had agreed to attend firearms training in Jammu. Shinde claims that this training was provided by “Indian Army jawans.”

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  • Why did he come forward now?

According to The Wire, Mr Shinde came forward as he “couldn’t stay silent anymore.” He further said, “I spent the past 16 years convincing every RSS leader, including Mohan Bhagwat, to take action against those involved in the terror activities. No one paid heed to my pleas. So here I am, before the court, willing to depose everything that I have known for so long.”

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When the Wire spoke with his lawyer, he said, “I had, in fact, even posed this question to him. He told me that there was a threat to his life all along. And now he has reached a point where his conscience doesn’t allow him to stay quiet,”

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Mr Shinde said, “I have had to distance myself from all these Hindu organizations now. They are no longer working for the ‘Hindu cause.’ They are mere puppets in the hands of the ruling party,”

  • Who has been named in his affidavit?

Shinde has listed three people in his affidavit, including an accused individual in the Malegaon 2008 bombing case, as having engaged in guns training and bomb-making training in Sinhagad, Pune. He told the Wire, “I didn’t approve of the terror activities. Yet I participated in the conspiracy only to know who all are involved in the terror training.”


So far the BJP nor the RSS has responded to allegations made by Mr Shinde. The opposition Congress has fervently attacked RSS over the claims made by Mr Shinde. The government has to investigate the shocking allegations made by the former worker because the RSS could undermine the country’s national security.

References: The Wire, Siasat Daily, and The Hindustan Times

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