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Maha Congress accuses NIA of ‘weakening’ Malegaon 2008 blast case – Mumbai News

State Congress Working President M. Arif Naseem Khan additionally urged the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) – which initially probed the case below the Martyr Hemant Karkare – to take vital steps to watch the developments within the case.

Submitting a memorandum to the ATS Chief, Additional Director-General of Police Vineet Agrawal, Khan mentioned that the witnesses who turned hostile are invoking the names of Bharatiya Janata Party-RSS to “malign the Maharashtra government and ATS” to realize political mileage within the Uttar Pradesh elections subsequent month, and urged the probe company (ATS) should take word of this.

The September 29, 2008 (Malegaon 2008) bomb blast was allegedly engineered on this minority-dominated Nashik city by Hindu fundamentalists, killing 6 and injuring over 100 others, throughout Ramadan month when Muslims have been breaking their quick.

The Maharashtra Police after which the ATS probed the case and in 2011 it was taken over by the NIA, and the trial is being carried out each day on the Special NIA Court in Mumbai.

“Of the 223 witnesses examined, 16 have turned, claiming that the ATS tortured them to give evidence against the accused. We feel the presence of the ATS in the court is inevitable to protect the image of the Maharashtra government and the ATS,” Khan added.

Among the accused within the sensational Malegaon 2008 case are Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Swami Amritananda Dev Teerth, Dayanand Pandey, Lt Col Prasad S. Purohit, and others.

The Congress chief mentioned that the ATS was being sought to be tarnished as an ‘anti-Hindu’ company with the witnesses, allegedly influenced by the accused, are intentionally naming BJP-RSS individuals for political features within the upcoming UP meeting polls.

“The NIA is not prosecuting all the accused with honesty and sincerity. Out of 223 witnesses who deposed so far, 16 important ones have turned hostile and over a 100 more are still left to be examined. These witnesses are crucial and need to be protected. The NIA has not challenged any orders passed in favour of the accused which shows their intentions clearly,” Khan mentioned.

Some of the witnesses in Malegaon 2008 case even went past their recorded assertion mentioning names like UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, however the NIA’s Special Public Prosecutor took no objection, and one other witness mentioned he was tortured and threatened by the ATS to take names of Yogi and 4 RSS leaders.

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