Malegaon 2006 blast accused watched Black Friday for inspiration: NIA chargesheet

The chargesheet includes the disclosure reports of four Indore men accused in the case.

Written by SUKANYA SHANTHA | Mumbai | Published: June 22, 2013 12:18 am

The Hindi film Black Friday,based on the Bombay blasts of 1993,was shown during indoctrination meetings to “brainwash” the Hindu extremists who later took part in the serial bombings in Malegaon in 2006,says the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA’s) chargesheet in the case.

The chargesheet includes the disclosure reports of four Indore men accused in the case,Manohar Narwariya,Dhan Singh,Rajendra Chaudhary and Lokesh Sharma.

All four have claimed they were shown the film in order to highlight alleged Muslim atrocities on Hindus during their training at Bagli in Dewas,Madhya Pradesh,says the chargesheet. Some details from the NIA’s investigation were first reported by The Indian Express in January this year.

Four bombs allegedly set off by the accused in Malegaon’s Hamidiya Mosque and Mushawarat Chowk on September 8,2006,killed 31 people. Narwariya,Singh,Chaudhary and Sharma have been charged with conspiracy and execution of the blasts.

According to the confessions,while Chaudhary,Singh and Narwariya watched the film,three others — Sharma,RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi,and absconding accused Ramji Kalsangra — prepared a bomb in the same hut in Bagli where the accused stayed during their training.

Joshi,who was murdered in December 2007,allegedly by rivals in his own hardline Hindu group,had begun to brainwash the accused from as early as 2000,the chargesheet says.

According to Chaudhary’s statement,recorded by NIA deputy superintendent B N Mishra,Chaudhary had joined Joshi,Sharma,Kalsangra and Ramesh Venkat Mahalkar alias Amit Hakla “to take revenge against the Muslim jihadis”.

“We all used to discuss that these jihadi attacks on Hindu temples are driven by Pakistani Muslims. We wanted to cause bomb blasts in masjids and other Musalman-dominated places,” Chaudhary has said in his confession.

The training module drawn up by Joshi,Kalsangra and Sharma included bombmaking and firing from a pistol. All members of the group and those interested in participating in their activities were to be imparted this training,says the chargesheet.

While the accused have claimed they did not remember the exact dates of the training,Chaudhary has said in his statement that it was conducted some time in Jaunary 2006. “Three Marathi boys” also participated in the camp,the accused have said in their confession.

The four men have given an elaborate description of their training camp,and told the NIA that the outcome was satisfactory. Singh has claimed that after training to handle IEDs,he had gone up a hillock with an accomplice and crouched behind a large tree to watch the explosion,which created a loud sound and left a huge crater.

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