The intelligence arm of the Bihar police which reports directly to none other than the Chief Minister himself, is reportedly gathering information of leaders affiliated with RSS and its 17 subsidiaries. This could become the new bone of contention between alliance partners BJP and Nitish Kumar’s JDU in Bihar.
The information has been sought by the Special Branch, which is the intelligence wing of the police and briefs the Chief Minister on various sensitive issues.
A letter had been addressed to all deputy SPs of Special Branch and asked them to furnish information such as names, addresses, posts and occupations of RSS office-bearers. The letter seeks the details “within a week”. Nitish Kumar, who holds additional charge of the home ministry, oversees both the Home Department and the Special Branch of the police.
JD(U) national secretary-general K C Tyagi called it a routine issue. “This is a routine matter, which the police or the intelligence wing of every state or the central government does from time to time. It should not be construed as an attempt either to target or malign the image of any organisation.” A senior BJP leader, on the other hand, remarked, “There is a lot more to it than meets the eye. After all, RSS is a nationalist organisation.”
Apart from RSS, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Hindu Jagran Samiti, Hindu Rashtra Sena, Dharma Jagran Samiti, Rashtriya Sevika Samiti, Durga Vahini, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, Sikha Bharti, Bhartiya Kisan Sangh, Hindu Mahasabha, Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh, Hindu Yuva Vahini, Hindu Putra Sangathan, Bhartiya Kisan Sangh, Bhartiya Railway Sangh, and Muslim Rashtriya Sangh are also mentioned in the memo.
Another senior RSS leader clarified that the names of many organisations have been wrongly mentioned in the letter. The list contained even a few non-existent ones. “This indicates how the intelligence wing of the state police functions in the state,” he said, adding that altogether 37 subsidiary organisations of the RSS were active across the country.