Saturday, September 13, 2008

VHP rejects theory of Maoist hand

BHUBANESWAR; The Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Friday rejected the theory of a Maoist hand in the killing of Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati and warned the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance that it will lose the next Assembly poll if it failed to protect Hindus, end religious conversion and cow slaughter.

“Maoists have never attacked any religious group or personalities till date and they have even issued letters denying their involvement in Swamiji’s killing,” VHP president Ashok Singhal told mediapersons here.

Describing the Crime Branch’s release of sketches of suspects as absurd, Singhal warned it for presenting preconceived notion before completion of probe and asked it to withdraw the sketches. He said Swamiji had been attacked nine times earlier and never before had the theory of Maoists’ involvement come to the fore.

Singhal claimed he had given a list of suspects to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during a meeting with him today but declined to disclose the details. The culprits must be arrested immediately as tension will continue if they remain at large, he said.

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