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|August 3, 2000||
Centre to consider banning Deendar Anjuman
Union Home Minister L K Advani Thursday said the Centre would consult the governments of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on the demand for banning the Deendar Anjuman, suspected to be involved in several bomb blasts on churches in the two states.
Investigations conducted by central agencies and the two governments have established that Deendar Anjuman was behind the spate of bomb attacks in churches in the two states, Advani said replying to a calling attention motion in the Rajya Sabha.
Stating that the authorities had been able to unravel the organisation's links with Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence, he said the activities of the group were part of larger ISI conspiracy to continue with its proxy war to destabilise the secular character of the country.
Advani said it was wrong to blame a particular community for the blasts as investigations pointed to Deendar Anjuman. ''We are determined to take stern action against anyone found involved in the attacks on churches and minorities," he asserted.
On members' demand for a white paper on ISI activities in the country, he said the intelligence agencies involved in unravelling the activities of the ISI were opposed to it as it would jeopardise their investigation.
He said consultations were still on with these agencies whether portions of the draft paper could be tabled in the House.
Advani said External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh had also been apprised of the findings on Anjuman and urged him to ask Indian missions overseas to contain their anti-national activities.
He said the Vishwa Hindu Parishad would also be advised not to make statements on the attacks on churches as a wrong picture was being painted that the minorities were not safe in the country.
He said the government would consider the demand of members for the revival of National Integration Council.
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