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'Donations for Guj quake relief sent to extremists', February 26 2004 19:20 Hrs (IST) original

London: "Massive donations" raised by "activists of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)" in Britain for earthquake relief in Gujarat were sent to certain "extremist groups" involved or directly implicated in large-scale violence in the State two years back, a London-based campaign group alleged today (Feb 26, 2004).

"Activists of the RSS have been raising funds in the name of charity for natural disasters like earthquakes, and giving them to extremist organisations that preach hatred against Muslims and Christians," Awaaz - South Asia Watch Ltd - claimed in a report entitled "In Bad Faith? British Charity and Hindu Extremism".

The report was released in the corridors of the House of Lords on the eve of the second anniversary of the Godhra carnage.

It alleged that "Sewa International" sent million Pounds to its Indian counterpart Sewa Bharati, a front of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), for relief of earthquake victims.

"Money from the UK was given to RSS front organisations that are involved or implicated in serious violence or hate politics in India. Much of the money was spent on schools that promote hatred and fanaticism," the report said, according to a press release issued by Awaaz.

Asked to comment on the report, a spokesman of Sewa International said it would be inappropriate to respond to it while the allegation was being investigated by the British Government body that regulates charities.