Retired Army Major and ABVP member arrested

Retired Army Major and ABVP member arrested

Mumbai: A day after they arrested retired Major Ramesh Shivji Upadhyay, 57, and ABVP member Sameer Sharad Kulkarni, 34, in connection with the Malegaon blasts, the Maharashtra ATS said today that the duo were part of a “larger conspiracy” and charged them with murder and sections of the Indian Explosives Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The two, both residents of Pune, were remanded in police custody till November 10 by a Nashik court. The court also allowed narco-analysis tests on both.

The ATS informed the court that a “series of meetings” had taken place between Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Upadhyay, which need to be further probed. The remand application also mentioned meetings between the Sadhvi, Upadhyay and Kulkarni in Indore, Bhopal, as well as an “important” one at the Bhonsala military school in Nashik on April 16, 2008. Upadhyay was arrested from Pune, Kulkarni from Madhya Pradesh.

Additional Commission of Police, ATS, Sukhvinder Singh said: “They have been arrested as they are part of the larger conspiracy, and investigations are on from all angles. We would not like to disclose any operational details at this stage. Upadhyay retired as a Major from the Army in 1998.”

The ATS counsel told the court that the retired Major had received training at the Deolali Artillery School while serving in the Army and was running a transport business after retirement � both links that needed to be investigated for any involvement in the blasts.

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