After saffron outfits like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), it is the BJP’s student wing — Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) — that has come under the scanner in the Modasa blast probe case.
Deputy Superintendent of Police K K Mysorewala, who is heading the probe, on Monday said, “We have summoned some active ABVP members to record their statements to take our probe forward.” Mysorewala, however, refused to name those who have been summoned and the reason behind doing so.
A 15-year-old boy died and several others were injured when a low-intensity bomb kept on a motorcycle went off near a mosque at the Muslim-dominated Sukka Bazaar in Modasa on September 29. The incident took place around 9.26 pm when people were offering special Ramzan prayers (tarawih) inside the mosque.
The Sabarkantha police, in its month-long investigations into the case, have until now recorded statements of about 500-odd people.
“More than 200 of these people are Hindus and include people associated with the VHP, Bajrang Dal and the RSS in Modasa. They were questioned due to their past records and not because of their association with any organisation. We have also questioned around 300 Muslims, including those associated with Islamic outfits,” Mysorewala said.
Sources in the police said that the recent arrest of Sadhavi Pragya Singh Thakur from Surat and the Mumbai police claiming Indore-based Hindu Jagran Manch’s hand in the Malegaon-Modasa blasts could have prompted the Gujarat Police to summon the ABVP members.
The 15-member police team probing the blast case was banking on two things — an eyewitness who could have possibly seen the person parking the bomb-laden motorcycle and forensic experts finding the original chassis number of the motorcycle. “Unfortunately, we failed on both counts,” a police inspector, associated with the probe, said.
About the Mumbai police claiming to have solved Malegaon as well as Modasa blast cases, Mysorewala said, “We will get in touch with the Mumbai police in this regard soon.”
Accusing the police of inaction in solving a “politically motivated” blast in Modasa, Sabarkantha Congress MP Madhusudhan Mistry said, “I had forwarded names of three suspects to Sabarkantha police officers but they did nothing. If the accused in the Ahmedabad serial blasts could be arrested so soon, then why is there a delay in nabbing those behind the Modasa blast?”