Aseemanand, Pragya and Purohit let off in Malegaon case

published on May 25, 2013

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday filed a charge sheet against four people for allegedly plotting the 2006 Malegaon blasts but omitted names of accused Pragya Singh Thakur, former Lt Col Srikant Purohit and Aseemanand alias Jatin Chatterjee.

Pragya and Purohit were arrested in 2008 after Aseemanand, a member of right-wing Abhinav Bharat, who was taken into custody for carrying out the Samjhauta train blast, in his confessional statement said that Malegaon blasts were carried out by Hindu outfits.

The NIA’s move on Wednesday left both the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which were carrying out parallel probes into the blasts, embarrassed.

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