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Ex-ATS officer seeks probe into 26/11 autopsy reports

Mujawar had claimed that two prime suspects of the Malegaon blasts were killed by ATS officers on November 26, 2008, and shown as 26/11 victims.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi |
Updated: January 31, 2017 9:24:26 am

In a fresh twist into the 2008 Malegaon blasts, the former Maharashtra ATS officer Mehboob Mujawar has demanded investigations into the postmortem reports of two unidentified men who were reportedly killed during the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The autopsy reports are part of the chargesheet filed by Maharashtra ATS into the 26/11 attacks investigations against Mohd. Ajmal Kasab.

Mujawar had claimed that the two prime suspects of Malegaon blasts — Ramji Kalsangre and Sandeep Dange — were killed by senior ATS officers on November 26, 2008 and were later shown as victims of 26/11. He was recently examined by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) which is now probing the Malegaon blasts along with other right wing terror cases.

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Speaking to The Indian Express, Mujawar said, “NIA has recorded my statement. PM reports needs to be investigated and DNA samples of these unidentified bodies can be obtained for verification. I have more evidence to back my claims and will present it at an appropriate time.” NIA officials however said that a probe is underway and more cooroboration is required.

While mentioning the postmortem reports of unidentified bodies, Mujwar said the nature of injuries are highly suspicious which needs to be probed. He however refused to elaborate on whether the two who were unidentified at the time of autopsy were later identified or not.

As per the PM report, one of the body is described as “35 year Hindu male with a Tatto mark ‘OM’ on right hand.” This report further says the man “was admitted to J J hospital on 27.11.2008 and died on 29.11.2008 during treatment.”

He had suffered “circular surgical wound in front of the neck region of size 1.5 cm diameter,” as per the report. How is it possible that the victim was stabbed when most of the casuality at CST railway station was bullet injuries, questioned Mujawar who was suspended following his arrest in an Arms Act Case in 2009.

The second PM report , according to Mujawar needs further investigation by NIA as with ‘NIL’ identification mark on the body, the autopsy report says the deceased was “a 55 year old Hindu” who according to doctors had died “due to firearm injuries during teror strike on Mumbai at CST railway station.”

This unidentified body, as per the autopsy report had an entry and exit wound suggesting they were “antemortem injuries”. Mujawar had named three senior officials of Maharashtra Police, including a serving IPS officer, for allegedly trying to suppress the information despite his petitions.

On September 29, 2008, an improvised explosive device hidden in a motorcycle exploded in a market in Malegaon, killing six persons and injuring nearly 100. The motorcycle was purportedly in the name of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.

In November 2008, the ATS arrested several people, including Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Srikant Purohit, and filed a chargesheet against 14 people, including Kalsangre and Dange. NIA took over the probe in 2011 and, after further investigations, filed a chargesheet last year absolving Thakur. A red corner notice was issued against Dange and Kalsangre with a reward of Rs 10 lakh each.

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