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Friday, 7 February 2014 - 4:56pm IST | Place: INDIA | Agency: DNA web desk
After a profile of the Samjhauta blast case accused Swami Aseemanand came out in the political journal Caravan, the media office had been receiving threats from various parties at its Mumbai and Delhi offices.
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After a profile of Samjhauta blast case accused Swami Aseemanand came out in the political journal Caravan, the media office had been receiving threats from various parties at its Mumbai and Delhi offices. 

The revelations which included details about RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and the organisation's terror activities has shocked everyone including the Sangh Parivar. 

Many claim that this is a part of the larger conspiracy to topple RSS before the Lok Sabha elections. 

Earlier in the day, Editor of Caravan, Vinod K Jose tweeted, about unknown callers threatening the company via calls in a tweet. 

The interview was done by the journalist posing as a lawyer with Aseemanand and is titled, The Believer.  Aseemanand who has been associated with RSS for a long time has mentioned in the article about party chief Mohan Bhagwat sanctioning terror acts in various Muslim-dominated areas in India. 

The magazine also released two audio recordings of the interview, 

Here's what happened and how: 

After the interview was released, there was furore over RSS-Terror angle and the party refuted the allegations.  Although, everyone involved denied it, there was inevitable proof like the audio recording and text: 

A 2-year effort by @leenareghunath. 4 excl interviews w/ Swami Aseemanand in jail. @thecaravanindia cover story: http://t.co/AGqAUCxfYD

— Vinod K. Jose (@vinodjose) February 1, 2014

 

Many took to Twitter and attacked the magazine and questioned its motives. 

Aseemanand for 1st time implicates Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS chief for approving his acts of terrorism tht killed 119. http://t.co/AGqAUCxfYD

— Vinod K. Jose (@vinodjose) February 1, 2014

RSS sympathizer responds to Aseemanand profile in Caravan by calling editor Vinod Jose a "Kerala Christian bigot": pic.twitter.com/enKiQilyg6

— Jonathan Shainin (@jonathanshainin) February 3, 2014

 

The magazine released the audio-clips after threats and allegations started piling up: 

 

Important press release about our Feb cover story: http://t.co/O6c183zsSP Includes audio from Aseemanand. Story: http://t.co/KOLFQKu2Az

— Alex Blasdel (@AZBlasdel) February 5, 2014

 

The editor, Vinod K Jose explained his stance on the interview with a tweet that mentioned the old-school principles of journalism. He strongly defended the interview and its authenticity. 

4 interviews. 9 hr 26 mint long interviews. no sting. no entrapment. genuine, meticulous, persuasive, old-school investigative journalism.

— Vinod K. Jose (@vinodjose) February 6, 2014

 

When people started questioning the nature of the interview as Aseemanand was in jail, Jose put out a tweet that explained everything:

Aseemanand has over 20 lawyers in 5 terror cases in 5 states. I hope TV journalists are vetting these lawyers enough. Interviews are genuine

— Vinod K. Jose (@vinodjose) February 6, 2014

Check our records. Check the jail register. And listen to our tapes.

— Vinod K. Jose (@vinodjose) February 6, 2014

 

When Congress did not react to the allegations, there were speculations flying high, so the editor clarified that as well:

People attributing motives to @thecaravanindia should know the Cong is so guarded to even commit to an investigation http://t.co/taDezkYVx0

— Vinod K. Jose (@vinodjose) February 6, 2014

 

The Mumbai and Delhi offices received threats on Friday. Unknown callers were threatening to vandalise the offices:

Threat calls to @thecaravanindia in the Delhi and Bombay offices

— Vinod K. Jose (@vinodjose) February 7, 2014

 

 
Finally, a mob started assembling to create ruckus outside the office premises: 

A mob of 150 people outside @thecaravanindia office

— Vinod K. Jose (@vinodjose) February 7, 2014

 

@thecaravanindia pic.twitter.com/caRZrUAQ4N

— Vinod K. Jose (@vinodjose) February 7, 2014

Workers of RSS and Hindu sena were shouting slogans and burning copies of the magazine's latest issue outside the offices. The magazine has stood by its audio recordings in which Aseemanand talks about his meeting with top RSS leaders in Shabri Dham in Gujarat and conspiracy to attack parts of India. 

Read the report here: The Believer


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