Malegaon blast: ATS says Purohit main conspirator

Nearly four months after the blast at Malegaon,police filed a chargesheet that named Army officer Lt Col Prasad Purohit as the main conspirator who provided the explosives,and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur as the prime accused who arranged for the men who planted the explosives.

Written by Agencies | Mumbai | Published: January 20, 2009 7:43 pm

Nearly four months after the blast at Malegaon,police filed a chargesheet that named Army officer Lt Col Prasad Purohit as the main conspirator who provided the explosives,and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur as the prime accused who arranged for the men who planted the explosives.

The 4,000-page chargesheet,filed by Maharashtra Anti- Terrorism Squad (ATS) before the Special MCOCA court here,stated that Purohit floated right wing group Abhinav Bharat in 2007 with an intention to ‘propagate a separate Hindu Rashtra with its own Constitution’.

According to the document,the Army officer collected ‘huge amounts’ to the tune of Rs 21 lakh for himself and Abhinav Bharat to promote his “fundamentalist ideology.”

The amount was disbursed by Ajay Rahirkar,treasurer of the group,to various other accused to procure explosives for committing unlawful activities.

The conspiracy meetings were held from January 2008 at Faridabad,Bhopal,Kolkata,Bhopal,Jabalpur,Indore and Nashik.

At a meeting in Bhopal on April 11,2008 Purohit took responsibility of providing explosives while the Sadhvi took the task of arranging for the men for exploding the bombs in the Muslim-dominated town in North Maharashtra.

Purohit had bought RDX with him when he returned from his Kashmir posting. He assembled the explosives at his residence in Pune with the help of co-accused Sudhakar Chaturvedi and wanted accused Ramji Kalsangra,and the same was used in the September 29 blast at Malegaon that killed six persons,it said.

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