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RSS raising money in Britain under false pretences: report

By Prasun Sonwalkar
Indo-Asian News Service, February 26, 2004 original

London, Feb 26 (IANS) A Britain-based group has alleged that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its allied organisations have been raising money in Britain under false pretences.

The report, titled "In Bad Faith? British Charity and Hindu Extremism" and released Thursday, alleges RSS activists had siphoned off money donated to help in disaster relief.

The allegations, however, have been denied.

The RSS-allied groups, the report says, were involved or implicated in violence or hatred against Muslims and Christians.

Released by the group Awaaz - South Asia Watch, the report claims donations from members of the public in Britain ended up in the hands of groups such as the RSS.

Much of the money in question was reportedly raised as part of wider humanitarian appeals.

Similar allegations were made earlier and are currently being investigated by the British government body that regulates charities.

One of the British organisations accused by Awaaz, Sewa International, said it would be inappropriate to respond to the report while that investigation was taking place.

However, Sewa International's sister organisation in India, Sewa Bharati, has strongly denied that any money it has received has been used for Hindu nationalist activity.

The release of the Awaaz report has been timed to coincide with the second anniversary Friday of the widespread sectarian killings in Gujarat in 2002.