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June 20, 2018

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CIA declares VHP, Bajrang Dal as terrorist organisations

NEW DELHI: The Central Intelligence Agency, in its recent edition of the ‘World Factbook’, has named the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal as “terrorist organisations”.

The agency, the intelligence wing of the US government, has categorised them under “political pressure groups”, defined as organisations that are involved in politics or that exert political pressure but whose leaders do not stand for legislative election.

The CIA also lists the RSS, Hurriyat Conference and Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind among the political pressure groups in India. The RSS has been defined as a “nationalist organisation”, the Hurriyat Conference as a “separatist group” and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind a “religious organisation”.

The CIA annually publishes a World Factbook which feeds intelligence or factual reference material on a country or issue to the US government. This includes information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues. Data is available for 267 countries. The agency has been publishing this material since 1962, but only made it public in 1975. The Factbook is produced for US policymakers and coordinated throughout the US intelligence community. It is one of the types of intelligence delivered, the other two are ‘The President’s Daily Brief’ and the ‘National Intelligence Estimates’.

Khemchand Sharma, former national convenor of the BJP’s Samvad cell, on Friday rejecte the CIA’s assertions. Calling it “fake news”, he said legal action will be initiated against the agency. “We completely reject CIA reference to VHP and Bajrang dal as religious militant organizations. these are the nationalist organisations, all knows it. Legal proceeding will be initiated against this reference soon,” Sharma tweeted.

APP adds: A video showing Indian soldiers forcing four Kashmiri youths to sit before their vehicle as human shield during a cordon and search operation in Samboora village of Pampore, yesterday, went viral on social media in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK).

According to Kashmir Media Service, the video showed the protestors yelling at the soldiers for being cowards to use the youths as human shield. “See the hypocrite Indian forces that have been using our brothers as human shield,” yells one of the protesters, saying that these youths have been dragged out of their houses.

The locals of Samboora told media that a cordon and search operation was in progress when youth came out to protest, after which clashes began between protesters and the Indian troops.

In the video, about nine army personnel are seen standing in front of the vehicle with four youths forced to sit on ground. Superintendent of Police Awantipora Mohammad Zahid said that police were ascertaining the authenticity and genuineness of the video.

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