October 29, 2008 4:13:07 pm
Retired army officer Ramesh Shivji Upadhyay and Sameer Kulkarni, arrested by Maharashtra ATS in connection with the September 29 Malegaon blast, were remanded to police custody till November 10 by a local court on Wednesday.
Upadhyay, a retired army major and founder of Abhinav Bharat, and Kulkarni, a right wing activist, were remanded to police custody till November 10 by the joint civil judge P G Patil, public prosecutor Ajay Misar told reporters outside the court.
While Upadhyay was arrested from Pune, Kulkarni was picked up from Madhya Pradesh. Both the accused were produced around 1450 hours amidst tight security.
In the Malegaon blast on September 29, six persons were killed and several others were injured.
Upadhyay, who is the working President of the voluntary organisation “Abhinav Bharat” in Pune, was picked up from his residence for questioning by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad last week.
The organisation allegedly formed in 2006 in its website claims it was formed with the aim of combating terrorism and rebuilding the nation around the Hindu culture.
Kulkarni, who was taken for questioning from Indore, is also linked with ‘Abhinav Bharat’ and a former member of BJP’s student front Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
Three persons, including the 38-year-old sadhvi, were arrested last Thursday in connection with the blast in Malegaon, the communally sensitive powerloom town, which claimed six lives.
Pragnya Singh, who hails from Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh, was accused of having provided the motorcycle used in the blast at Bhikku Chawk on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr.
A court in Nashik has already given permission to ATS to subject the sadhvi to narco-analysis and polygraph tests next month.
An ATS team of Maharashtra police had camped in Pune and parts of Madhya Pradesh to trace the suspects linked to Malegaon blasts.
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