Malegaon blasts: 3 remanded to police custody

Malegaon blasts: 3 remanded to police custody

Nashik: Three suspected terrorist including sadhvi who have been arrested in connection with the Malegaon blast have been remanded to police custody till November 6, by a local court here on Friday.

Sadhvi Pradnya Singh Thakur was picked up from Surat by the Anti Terrorist Squad of the Mumbai police. While Shamlal Shahu and Dilip Nagar were brought from Indore in Madhya Pradesh for questioning in Mumbai.

Sadhvi, suspected to have links with the Hindu Jagaran Manch

Director General of Police (Maharashtra) A N Roy today said that three persons had been arrested for their involvement in the Malegaon blast in Nashik district.

At least five persons were killed in the blast at Malegaon and one person killed in the blast at Modasa in Gujarat on September 29. In both cases bombs were kept on motorcycles.

Agency reports quoting public prosecutor Ajay Mishra said three were booked under charges of murder, attempt to murder and voluntarily causing grievous hurt under IPC Sections 302, 307 and 326, respectively.

The sadhvi, who is based in Indore but who regularly visited Surat to give lectures, was picked up from the diamond town in Gujarat by the ATS of the Mumbai police. Shamlal Sahu and Shivnarayan Singh were brought from Indore to Mumbai questioning. The arrests were made in the last one week.

Mr Mishra said the motorcyle used in the Malegaon blasts on September 29 in which five persons were killed belonged to the Sadhvi. She is suspected to be associated with the Indore-based radical Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM).

The ATS breakthrough was the motorcycle used in the blast, which led to the owner in Surat said to have links with fringe groups. The ATS said that this group could also be behind the blast in Modasa in Gujarat the same day.

Meanwhile, in Delhi the BJP said it was wrong to use the term “Hindu terrorists” for the alleged extremists arrested on charges of the Malegaon blasts

The BJP is objecting to the term Hindu terrorists, which is wrong. Nobody is saying that the law must not take its course. We object to what Brinda Karat said in the Rajya Sabha that it was Hindu terrorism,” party leader Yashwant Sinha said in a press conference

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