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Suspected woman bomber freed in India

Updated May 14, 2016 12:15pm

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NEW DELHI: Indian investigators on Friday dropped charges against a woman suspected to be involved with an alleged Hindu terror module that stands accused of staging false flag attacks against Muslims, including the bombing of the Samjhauta Express.

Reports said the National Investigation Agency or NIA has in a new chargesheet absolved Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and five others citing lack of evidence against them in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case.

The move effectively overruled the findings of former terror probe chief Hemant Karkare who linked a slew of bombings to Abhinav Bharat, a militant group that apparently sees itself as the sword arm of Hindutva.

The NIA has, however, recommended prosecuting Army Colonel Srikant Purohit for conspiracy and under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) or UAPA, though it has dropped charges under the stringent anti-terror law, the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act or MCOCA, against him and nine others.

Six people were killed and 101 were injured when two bombs fitted on a motorcycle in Malegaon exploded on September 29, 2008. Lt Col Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya and others were arrested and were charged with plotting the blasts as part of a pro-Hindutva group, Abhinav Bharat.

Both the Sadhvi and Col Purohit, called the face of “saffron terror” by the Congress, have been in jail for about seven years now.

The case was first investigated by Maharashtra’s Anti-terror Squad, with its chief

Hemant Karkare leading the probe. Mr Karkare was killed battling the Lashkar-i-Taiba terrorists who attacked Mumbai on Nov 26, 2008. There are dark hints that his murder was staged in the chaos of the Mumbai terror attack by a mysterious entity.

The ATS had in its chargesheet alleged that Lt Col Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya had met Swami Aseemanand, the main accused in the Samjhauta Express blast of 2007, and plotted the Malegaon blasts.

Many witnesses have since turned hostile in the case.

The NIA, which took over investigation in 2011, said in a statement that “during investigation, sufficient evidences have not been found” against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and the five other people against whom it has dropped charges.

The Congress’s Digivijaya Singh hit out at the NIA and the Modi government.

“They are saying that Hemant Karkare filed a wrong report. I want to appeal to the central government that we know you want to safeguard them, and we also know you have link with those who are involved in terror activities. They should at least spare a martyr,” Mr Singh said.

Published in Dawn, May 14th, 2016

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Comments (11) Closed



Simple May 14, 2016 12:32pm

Victims of the massacre will never get justice.

As no punishment to holy cows in India

Kamal Pasha. May 14, 2016 12:40pm

Muslims of India can never get justice. Look at the records during BJP governments.

Desi Dimag May 14, 2016 01:08pm

Dirty game played by Congress, truth is coming out.

Desi Dimag May 14, 2016 01:16pm

Congress framed falsely several people to defame Hindus and BJP. Now it's congress's turn to feel the wrath. We need to support Modi at least 15 years to clean the dirt from our motherland.

ABC May 14, 2016 01:47pm

I hope Mr. Digvijay Singh knows that judicial system in India is independent of Government. And decisions takes by court are considered more reliable than media trials and statements of Congress. "It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer". If you don't have proof,than alleged person is not a criminal.

Muhammad Faheem Khan May 14, 2016 02:38pm

Real face of Indian Gov. they don't want to provide justice to victims of Samjhota Express yet ask us to provide justice to Mumbai attack victims, our answer should be loud and clear we will not accept hypocrisy.

Priya May 14, 2016 03:14pm

@Muhammad Faheem Khan do some research on this you will know who was behind samjhauta blast

barada prasad mohapatra May 14, 2016 03:21pm

please find a solution to all issues between india and pakistan acceptable to both india and pakistan.

M.Sethi May 14, 2016 03:33pm

@Priya

Swami Aseemanand, a key figure in the Hindutva terror network, who was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from Haridwar in November 2010, had admitted to having planned terror attacks on Ajmer Sharif, Mecca Masjid, Malegaon and the Samjhauta Express.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/swami-aseemanands-confession-reveals-hindutva-terror-activities/article1073223.ece

Advocate rathod May 14, 2016 04:07pm

@M.Sethi just FYI when accused is in police custody and confessional statement given under that custody is never considered as a evidence in the court

Indian samurai May 15, 2016 09:01am

@M.Sethi : All those admission was extracted under duress by Congress government.