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Bihar Cops Say Nitish Kumar-led Bihar Govt's 'monitor RSS' Order Came From SP's Questionable Decision On 'specific Input About Threat To RSS Leaders'

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • ADG (Special Branch) said that they acted upon specific inputs on threats to RSS. 
  • Nitish Kumar-led Bihar’s NDA government instructed the district police officers collect information on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its functionaries

In a press brief JS Gangwar, ADG (Special Branch) spoke over Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's surveillance order on RSS. 

As far as the Bihar Police is concerned, Gangwar said that RSS was not a threat but they acted upon specific inputs on threats to the RSS. 

He said, "I have seen the letter, we will investigate the letter. We had received specific inputs on security threats to RSS leaders of the state. We will seek a response from the SP on why he made such a serious issue into a public matter."

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Nitish Kumar-led Bihar’s NDA government instructed the district police officers to collect information on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its functionaries along with those of other organisations associated with the Sangh in the state. In a letter issued to the Patna's Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) on May 28, the SP (Superintendent of Police) has asked the officers to collect details and monitor the functionaries of RSS and its 18 other organisations associated with it.

Besides RSS, the 18 Sangh outfits named in the letter include the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Hindu Jagaran Samiti, ABVP, Akhil Bharatiya Shikshak Mahasangh, Hindu Mahasabha, among others. In the letter, the Bihar Police has been asked to gather the details including names, telephone numbers, addresses and business associations of all office-bearers (presidents, vice-presidents, secretaries, among others) of the RSS and its following associate organizations within a week. The officer has further demanded the notice to be considered very important.

Notably, Nitish Kumar, earlier in 2016 when his party Janata Dal (United) was in alliance with the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led RJD, spoke in favour for a “Sangh-mukt Bharat (RSS free India)”. His remarks drew criticism by the state BJP leaders. In May 2019, during the decision on PM Modi's Cabinet 2.0, Nitish Kumar opted out for any JD(U) leader to be included in the Council of Ministers. Amid the speculations over rifts between JD(U) and BJP, PM Modi had a word with Nitish Kumar, who assured him that his party is with the BJP and said that he took the decision on opting out from Modi Cabinet 2.0 to maintain the social balance ahead of Bihar assembly elections which are scheduled to take place in 2020.

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