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Mumbai/Malegaon: Even as Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is applying for a certified copy of the reported confession of Swami Aseemanand, state Police says it would be difficult to defend the chargesheet in the court.

 

"It would be difficult to defend the chargesheet in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case, especially if the CBI comes up with new evidence that substantiates Aseemanand’s reported statements", a media report says quoting state police sources.

 

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has already been granted permission by the court to re-investigate the Sep 8, 2006 Malegaon serial blasts.

“It is human to make mistakes and if it is proved then we have to be sorry. And, the nine men in custody should be released immediately. But based on the evidence we had at the time and the statements of the approver, we believed that we were on the right track,” Indian Express quoted a senior officer as saying.

 

Interestingly, Abrar Ahmed, one of the accused, who became approver in the case later turned hostile and in an affidavit filed in the court claimed that the arrested Muslim youth were innocent and were framed in the blast case.

 

Incidentally, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had also said in front of the Bombay High Court on November 16, 2009 that it did not have evidence against those arrested in the case. The CBI's statement were made by Public prosecutor D.N. Salvi during the hearing of the petition filed by Mohd. Zahid, Noorul Huda and Shabbir Masihulla - three of the nine accused in jail since 2006.

 

32 people had been killed and more than 300 were injured when a series of blasts struck Malegaon on September 08 in 2006 ahead of Shab-e-Barat, a Muslim festival when thousands of people were busy in offering Friday prayers in a mosque.

 

As was the customary for the investigating agencies during those days, the blast was immediately blamed on Muslim youth. Later on, police arrested nine Muslim youths one by one accusing them of behind the blast.

 

Strangely, one of the accused, who is in jail and has been chargesheeted as one of the planters, was some 600 kms away from Malegaon when the blast occurred on September 8, 2006.

 

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has asked for a certified copy of the reported confession of Swami Aseemanand to be able to pursue leads about the alleged role of Hindu extremists in the 2006 Malegaon bomb blasts.

Aseemanand was arrested by the CBI and he reportedly confessed before a magistrate last month. In the statement, he allegedly claimed that the now-dead RSS activist Sunil Joshi had told him that Joshi and his group were behind the 2006 Malegaon blasts, among others.

“We have asked for a certified copy of the confession statement. We will be seeking the help of special prosecutors who have been appointed specifically for such cases. We will sit and legally examine the confession statement and then begin our investigation to collect evidence based on his role,” ATS chief Rakesh Maria told reporters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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