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Malegaon blast case: Maha ATS used torture to extract confession, says NIA

NIA said "dubious" methods adopted during investigation by ATS become crystal clear from the disappearance of one of the main witness.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: May 13, 2016 7:06 pm
malegaon blast, malegaon blast case, 2008 malegaon blast case, malegaon blast victim, NIA malegaon blasts, NIA maharashtra ATS, maha ats malegaon blasts case, india news, The agency also said that “dubious” methods adopted during investigation by ATS become crystal clear from the disappearance of one of the main witness.

The National Investigating Agency (NIA) has raised questions over the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad’s (ATS) handling of the Malegaon blast case in which it has been accused of using torture to extract confessional statement from the accused and the invoking of MCOCA provisions against them.

In the supplementary chargesheet filed on Friday in a special court in the case of the 2008 blast in which seven people were killed, the NIA listed many “shortcomings” in the ATS’ investigations and claims how courts did not believe the confession statements of the accused.

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The NIA said that accused Sudhakar Dwivedi when produced before the magistrate for confirmation of the confessional statement made by him, stated that his confession was the outcome of torture meted out to him.

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The agency also said that “dubious” methods adopted during investigation by ATS become crystal clear from the disappearance of one of the main witness.

“The CBI during its investigation in the disappearance of the witness has submitted findings against the officers of the ATS Mumbai,” the agency said.

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“ATS Mumbai invoked MCOCA on the basis of the involvement of accused Rakesh Dhawade in the previous two blast cases i.e. Parbhani and Jalna in which the concerned courts had taken the cognisance. The way and circumstances in which the ATS invoked the provisions of MCOCA in this case becomes questionable”, the NIA chargesheet said.

According to the NIA chargesheet a case was registered in November 2003 in Parbhani bomb blasts. The chargesheet was filed against two accused persons Sanjay Choudhary and Himanshu Panse. While in September 2006 first supplementary chargesheet was filed against accused Maruthi Keshav Wagh and Yogesh Deshpande.

“The second supplementary chargesheet was filed against accused Dhawade on Novmber 13, 2008 after his arrest on November 11, 2008 i.e within two days of his arrest (in Parbhani case),” the NIA said.

“This raises considerable doubt on the integrity of invoking of MCOCA by ATS,” the chargesheet said.

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    Abhinav Gour
    May 13, 2016 at 3:26 pm
    Veer Hemant Karkare who Was Martyred Fighting Dreaded Terrorists like Hemant Karkare is being given a Bad Name in Order to Save the Sanghi Terrorists like Sadhvi Pragya Singh as well as Colonel Purohit... duno where these Sanghis will take the Nation from here, its already starting to Chaos
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      Abhinav Gour
      May 13, 2016 at 3:28 pm
      many Times these Sanghi Terrorists were Blown up while making Bombs in Small Factories and Shops as well as some their Homes and this is only one of the Clues which led the Investigative Agencies to them
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