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Malegaon accused scream torture, ATS feels the pain

Nov 26, 2008 02:26 AM IST India India

New Delhi/Mumbai: As the Malegaon accused, Lt Col Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, prepare to fight the long legal battle ahead, the Anti-Terrorism Squad is also treading the road less travelled.

Investigations so far reveal Purohit was the leader of the pack.

The mastermind

  • Purohit brought the Sadhvi's organisation Vandemataram Samiti and Abhinav Bharat together.

Purohit also brought self styled guru Dayanand Pandey into Abhinav Bharat.

  • He wooed disgruntled RSS and Bajrang Dal men into joining Abhinav Bharat to fight elections along with setting up an armed wing.
  • But even with a clear picture about the group, ATS' case still largely depends on a man called Ramji. Ramji allegedly planted the bombs in Malegaon along with his aide Sandeep Dhange.

    With the ATS still on a lookout for the duo, investigators are struggling to answer some key questions.

    ATS claims to have mounting evidence in the form of recorded telephonic communication the accused, all recorded after the Malegaon blasts. Investigators claim that they discussed details about the blasts and how to avoid arrest.

    Forensic science report which directly links sadhvi to the bike used in the Malegaon blast.

    Witnesses say several meetings among the accused were held to discuss the conspiracy.

    Bank statements that prove fund transfer of large amounts in the Abhinav Bharat account.

    A quick check of the evidence discussed so far in the court by the ATS suggests that it does have evidence but only pertaining to the conspiracy and innumerable meetings held at multiple locations.

    Legal experts say, it is mandatory to arrest at least one person physically involved in the execution of the conspiratory action.

    Meanwhile even as the sources confirmed the possible involvement of more Armymen in the Malegaon blast, ATS chief remained non-committal.

    With mounting political pressure and intense media scrutiny, the ATS will have to take a very sure and guarded approach to stand its ground.

    (Inputs from Meetu Jain)