Allahabad: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Friday demanded death sentence for all the convicts in Godhra case "to prevent recurrence of such attacks on Hindus". VHP expressed dissatisfaction over the acquittal of many key accused in the train burning incident and "to prevent recurrence of such attacks on Hindus".

"The court of law has clearly accepted that the Godhra episode was the result of a big and meticulously carried out conspiracy. But even then the main conspirators have been acquitted. How could this happen is now a topic of discussion for the entire country", VHP president Ashok Singhal told reporters here.

Asked whether he suspected that the Special Investigating Team, constituted by the Supreme Court to probe the train-burning incident and some other related cases, was pressured to go soft on the key culprits, Singhal evaded a direct reply and said "could it be a mere coincidence that Maulana Umarji and most of the 63 people acquitted are known to be supporters of the Congress party".

"It is not for no reason that investigating agencies, including the CBI, have come to be viewed as tools used by parties in power to settle political scores. However, our primary concern is with regard to the security and the honour of the Hindus, who have been at the receiving end of unbridled jehadi terrorism which has been taking roots in the country on account of an unabashed politics of appeasement", the VHP supremo said.

"Now that the trial in the heinous Godhra carnage, in which over 50 devotees of Lord Rama returning from Ayodhya were burnt alive in a Sabarmati Express coach, is over. We demand that all the convicts be hanged till death so that a strong message is sent across which is essential to prevent recurrence of such attacks on Hindus", he added.

VHP attacks Digvijay

Attacking Digvijay Singh for his recent remarks against yoga guru Baba Ramdev, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad asked the Congress general secretary to first come clean on the source of funding for his own activities.

"The Congress party has never acknowledged the contributions of Hindu saints towards preserving the nation's moral fabric. Digvijay Singh's recent remarks against Baba Ramdev are yet another instance of showing disrespect to Hindu saints and their contributions," VHP international president Ashok Singhal said.

He was reacting to Singh's recent comments where he had said that before launching any anti-corruption campaign, the Yoga guru must prove that he himself was not in possession of black money.

Accusing Ramdev of targeting the Congress, Singh said, "He (Ramdev) must understand that we are also as much against black money as he claims to be. My only request to him is that he should be fair.

"He is targeting only one political party. But I have only one request from him that whenever he accepts money from his disciples, he should get a proof from donors that the funds received by him are not black money," Singh told reporters.

Reacting to the statement, Singhal said, "What moral right does Singh have to speak in this fashion when his own party is involved in 'high-profile scams' and when the government led by his party is unwilling to even disclose the names of those Indians who have stashed away huge amounts of unaccounted wealth in the Swiss bank.”

He said, "Today Ramdev is being targeted. Tomorrow, it may be the turn of Sri Sri Ravishankar, the Brahmakumaris or any other spiritual leader or organization revered by the Hindus. Hindu Samaj will not take this lying down."

(Agencies)