Ban RSS, demands former Maharashtra police officer

Kolkata: Former Maharashtra inspector general of police S.M. Mushrif on Tuesday accused the Intelligence Bureau (IB) of being hand-in-glove with right-wing extremists, and called for a ban on the RSS describing it as India's No.1 terror organisation.

At the launch of the Bengali version of his book "RSS - Country's Greatest Terror Organisation" here, Mushrif also termed the ongoing JNU controversy as a manifestation of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) bid to get India declared a Hindu nation.

"The IB has been and continues to be the most powerful organisation in the country and irrespective of which political party is in power at the centre, it continues to operate the way it wants.

"Whatever the IB says or does is considered the truth and its claims or acts are never questioned or verified," said Mushrif, indicting the agency for colluding with the RSS and its subsidiaries for the killing of anti-terror squad chief Hemant Karkare, who was probing the involvement of Hindu radicals in terror acts.

Karkare was killed during the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

"No other terror organisation has used RDX like the RSS has. At least 18 chargesheets have been filed against the RSS and its subsidiaries like Abhinav Bharat and Bajrang Dal in terror cases.

"The RSS should be immediately banned for being the country's No.1 terror organisation," said Mushrif.

Condemning the Jawaharlal Nehru University row, Mushrif expressed alarm over rising right-wing extremism.

"This is only a manifestation of the RSS's bid to establish the Aryavart Hindu Rashtra based on the tenets of Smritis and Vedas. Its time the entire country stood up against this rise of extremism," said the author of "Who Killed Karkare? : The Real Face of Terrorism in India".

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