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The officers behind the original probe

Maharashtra ATS built the case,CBI endorsed it,NIA has since chargesheeted a different set of suspects

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 28, 2013 3:45:24 am


Then SP,Malegaon; now addl CP,Economic Offices Wing,Mumbai

The initial investigation was carried out under his supervision. According to Abrar Ahmed,whom the ATS showed as approver in the Malegaon 2006 blasts case,Rajvardhan tried to induce him to frame innocent Muslims but later implicated him too. In an affidavit on April 18,2009,Abrar alleged that a conversation he had overheard about some Hindu people having executed the blasts,he was taken on September 13,2006,to the office of Rajvardhan,who allegedly told him Hindus and Muslims were jointly behind the attack,offered him property and money,and told him he was a witness.

Abrar’s affidavit describes a September 2006 trip with his wife,allegedly under Rajvardhan’s instructions,to Nashik,Jhavra,Indore and some temples in Ujjain,during which he claims policemen photographed and videographed their meetings with a sadhu,a sadhvi and others. It says Rajvardhan had given him a mobile and told him in October to get people he trusted to call him on that number and read out some written statements,which Abrar was to record. It describes an October 2006 trip to Dhule,Indore,Nashik and Deolali,again with his wife. Rajvardhan allegedly met them in Nashik on October 25,told him Abrar’s brother had filed a case accusing the officer of kidnapping the couple,and asked them to deny this in court. Abrar,later taken into custody in Mumbai,alleges Rajvardhan then promised him money,bribed his brother-in-law and father-in-law in 2007,and tried in 2009 to get him to sign on some papers. Abrar’s wife has since divorced him.

k p raghuvanshi

Then SP,Malegaon; now addl CP,Economic Offices Wing,Mumbai

Raghuvanshi has been named by several of the nine arrested as having been aware that his junior officers were torturing them. ATS approver Abrar Ahmed has also alleged in interviews to the media that when he was taken from the ATS Kalachowkie unit to its Nagpada headquarters,he was offered Rs 5 lakh for helping the police. In his affidavit,Abrar has alleged that Raghuvanshi met him several times in jail and threatened him in an attempt to get him to sign some papers. Raghuvanshi,given charge of the Maharashtra ATS when it was formed on July 8,2004,headed the probes into the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul,serial train blasts and the September 8 Malegaon blasts that year. Following ATS chief Hemant Karkare’s death in the 26/11 attacks,Raghuvanshi was once again posted as ATS chief and probed the 2008 Malegaon blast case in which Karkare had unearthed the involvement of a Hindu terror network.


Then DGP,Maharashtra; now retired

ATS chief Raghuvanshi reported to Pasricha,who briefed the media on developments and arrests. At a press conference at state police headquarters on November 27,2006,Pasricha announced that the case had been solved,and blamed the terror attack on former SIMI members who wanted to create communal tension. Following his retirement,Pasricha served as a chairman of the Nanded Takht (Sri Hajur Sahib).


Then addl CP,ATS; now joint secretary,cabinet secretariat,Govt of India

He was then ATS chief Raghuvanshi’s deputy. He has been named by Abrar Ahmed as one of the officers who offered him inducements to make him implicate innocent Muslims. Abrar has alleged Jaiswal met him in jail several times. Several accused have also alleged Jaiswal was aware of junior officers torturing them.


Then addl CP,ATS; now IG,NTRO

He was another of Raghuvanshi’s deputies. On December 13,2006,Singh instructed assistant inspector Sadashiv Raghunath Shelar of the ATS technical cell to retrieve records of a call from the mobile number 9823436809 (which approver Abrar Ahmed has alleged Malegaon SP Rajvardhan had given him). Shelar,who intercepted the call on October 7,2006,has claimed he “found the call to be incriminating as the calling party was abusing the target and was also talking about removal of some objects”. Abrar has alleged that it was on instructions from Rajvardhan that he had got a friend,Hamid Husain Javed Iqbal,to call him on that number and read out from a note given to him. Several accused have alleged that Singh,too,was aware of his junior officers torturing them.


Then DCP,Zone 1 Mumbai; now additional CP (traffic),Mumbai

Abrar Ahmed has alleged that on December 20,2006,he was taken to Brijesh Singh who,he says,took his signatures on 10-12 sheets and told him they were his release papers. Abrar says he was not allowed to read the papers,which were in Marathi,Hindi and English,and was not allowed to call his brother to read them either. Abrar has alleged Singh told him to keep quiet about this,and offered him land in any part of the country except Kashmir. Singh allegedly assured Abrar he would be released soon.


Then assistant CP,ATS; now retired

He was the investigating officer of the 2006 Malegaon blasts case,and is the officer responsible for filing a chargesheet in the special MCOCA court. Recently,the Maharashtra ATS,in an affidavit submitted to the Bombay High Court,opposed an appeal filed by the accused in the 7/11 train blasts of 2006,seeking the examination of seven witnesses including Shengal who had filed a chargesheet stating the the RDX left over from the train blasts was used for the Malegaon blasts.


Then SP,Thane (Rural); now special IGP (admin),Maharashtra Police HQ

She recorded the confessional statement of one of the Malegaon blasts accused,Mohammed Zahid Abdul Majid Ansari,under MCOCA. Zahid has since claimed that he could not have planted bombs (the harge against him) as he was at a mosque in Yavatmal district,miles from Malegaon,when the explosions took place.


Then DCP,Zone 9 Mumbai; now special IGP (training),Maharashtra

He recorded the confessional statement of Shabbir Ahmed Masiullah,who has claimed he was in the custody of the Ghatkopar crime branch when the Malegaon blasts took place. Shabbir has alleged he was made to sign on a confession prepared in advance.


Then DCP,Mumbai crime branch; now spl IGP,Nashik

He recorded the confessional statement of Farogh Maqhdoomi,who has alleged that the statement was prepared in advance and he was made to sign on it without being told what it was.


Then DCP,Zone 6 Mumbai; now addl CP (crime),Mumbai

He recorded the confession of Raees Ahmed Rajab Ali Mansoori,who too has alleged he was made to sign documents prepared in advance.


Then DCP,ATS; now addl CP,Special Branch,Maharashtra

One of the supervising officers in the 2006 Malegaon blasts probe.


Then DCP,ATS; now SP (Anti-Corruption Bureau),Aurangabad

One of the senior officers in the 2006 Malegaon blasts probe. Appointed to the IPS from the Maharashtra Police Service on May 13,2013.


Then deputy SP,CBI Special Task Force; now retired

The Maharashtra government transferred the blasts case to the CBI on December 21,2006,even as the Maharashtra ATS filed a chargesheet against the nine arrested and a few others. Raman Tyagi led the probe by the CBI’s STF. Its probe mirrored that of the ATS,and the CBI filed a supplementary chargesheet on February 11,2010,attaching forensic reports and additional witness statements to build its case against those chargesheeted earlier by the ATS.


Then additional DG (law & order),Maharashtra; now DGP,Maharashtra

Though not directly involved in the ATS probe into the blasts,Dayal,using the powers vested in his post,granted the sanction for prosecution of the accused under MCOCA on December 19,2006. According to the sanction document signed by Dayal,he was satisfied that prima-facie there was sufficient evidence brought on record to prosecute the accused.


Then CP,Mumbai; now retired

He played a lead role in the arrests of former SIMI members for the 2006 train blasts — for which the Mumbai crime branch has since blamed the Indian Mujahideen. The ATS has claimed that the RDX left over after the 7/11 blasts was used for the Malegaon blasts. Roy is today the chairman of an NGO,Vandana Foundation,that works with wives of debt-ridden cotton farmers in Yavatmal and Wardha,and provides skills training to youths in Mumbai slums.

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