Hindu extremist groups, who allegedly carried out the 2006 Malegaon blasts [ Images ], were disguised as Muslims to mislead investigators. Vicky Nanjappa reports
On Monday, as seven of the nine accused who were granted bail in the 2006 Malegaon blasts are set to be released from jail, there was a sense of relief in Nashik town. For years, investigators have been suspecting the involvement of Muslim youths in this case.
It’s just a matter of time that the National Investigating Agency files its status report in the case, which is likely to indict the two accused — Sadhvi Pragya [ Images ] Singh Thakur and Lieutenant Colonel Srikant Purohit.
The focus of the probe in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case has been on the confessions made by Swami Aseemanand, a key figure in the Hindutva terror network. After having admitted to have planned terror attacks on Ajmer Sharif, Mecca Masjid, Malegaon and the Samjhauta Express, Aseemanand retracted his statement. But it was this confession that made it easier of the NIA to gather leads in the 2006 case.