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Friday November 04, 2011 07:25:19 AM, & Agencies

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Mumbai/Malegaon: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found in its probe that Hindu extremists linked to RSS used two local Muslim men for planting bombs on September 08, 2006, a media report claimed.


"The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is said to have found that Hindu extremists linked to the RSS, who are suspected in the 2006 Malegaon blast, used two Muslim men to plant bombs in and around a mosque in the textile town", The Indian Express claimed in its report published November 04.


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 offering Friday prayers at the Hamidia Masjid. Another blast occurred at nearby Mushawerat chowk few minutes later. 37 people were killed and more than 300 were injured in the blasts, most of them being children.


Quoting its sources, the leading Indian English daily while named one of the planters as Abrar Ahmed - who later turned approver in the case, it did not name his accomplice who is believed to be dead.


The report filed by Sukanya Shetty has been published on the day when the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is due to submit its progress report in The Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court, Mumbai.


"Abrar was allegedly purely motivated by the money offered to carry out the blast, while the reason for his accomplice to join the conspiracy is still not clear", The Indian Express Sr Correspondent claimed quoting the sources.


"Some of these details are included in the progress report which the NIA is due to submit in the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court November 04", she claimed. 


The MCOCA Court has on October 31 set November 19 as the date for hearing on the bail applications filed separately by the eight accused and Abrar Ahmed. While eight accused had filed their bail application on October 01, 2011, Abrar Ahmed filed the bail plea a few days later.


Local Muslims in Malegaon including the victims since the day one had maintained that the arrested Muslim men were innocent. They in fact carried one of the longest campaign in the history of the town demanding arrest of the actual perpetrators and release of the innocents.


The 2006 Malegaon blast case was earlier investigated by the Maharashtra ATS which had charge-sheeted the nine Muslim youth for allegedly conspiring the attacks.


The case was later handed over to the CBI and later to the NIA.


Earlier, the case took a surprising turn when Swami Aseemanand, allegedly involved in Ajmer, Mecca Masjid and Samjhuata Express blasts, confessed that Hindu extremists were behind the 2006 Malegaon blast.







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