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Shivraj Patil denies using term 'saffron terror'

IANS  |  Latur (Maharashtra) 

Shortly after a court acquitted five accused in the 2007 Mosque bomb blast case, former here on Monday denied having ever used the term "saffron terror".

Interacting with mediapersons, Patil, 73, sought to know whether the chargesheet mentions "saffron or Hindu terror".

"Have I ever used this?... It's a case of terrorism. Does the court chargesheet say these words (saffron or Hindu terror)," countered Patil, who was the erstwhile UPA's between May 2004 and November 2008.

To a question whether senior leaders including former Union Home Ministers P. Chidambaram and Sushilkumar Shinde as well as former have made such statements, he said: "You should address this question to whosoever said it."

Told that they are all leaders and his senior colleagues, asked whether "there is any resolution to the effect passed by the Congress".

Earlier in the day, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court in Nampally acquitted five of the eight Hindu activists accused of the May 18, 2007 bomb blast which killed nine persons and injured over 50 at the historic Mosque in during Friday prayers.

Those acquitted include: Hindu right-wing group Bharat members alias Swamy Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, alias Bharat Bhai and Rajender Chowdhary, on grounds of insufficient evidence against them.

Of the remaining three, RSS pracharak was murdered during the course of investigation.

Two other accused, and Ramchandra Kalsangra, both RSS activists, still elude the investigators and are also wanted in some terror cases in

Soon after the judgment, pounced on the accusing it of defaming Hindu religion by coining the word "saffron terror" and demanded an apology from and former

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 18:30 IST
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