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Malegaon case: Thackeray targets Maha govt after MCOCA dropped

Last Updated: Monday, August 3, 2009 - 20:00

Mumbai: Targetting the Congress-NCP government
in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Monday said the
dropping of the stringent provisions of MCOCA by a court
against Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and 10 other accused in
Malegaon blasts case was a "slap" on the ruling coalition.

"It is rare for us to say that truth always prevails as
far as courts are concerned. But this verdict shows that
there is still justice," Thackeray said, adding there was an
attempt to dub Hindus as terrorists in connection with the
Malegaon blasts. He made these comments in an editorial in the
party mouthpiece `Saamana.`

In a reprieve to Pragya, Lt Col S P Purohit and nine other
accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case, a special court
in Mumbai last Friday dropped provisions of the Maharashtra
Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) invoked against them
saying none are part of an organised crime syndicate.

In a renewed but veiled attack on slain ATS head Hemant
Karkare, Thackeray also said the ATS probed the Malegaon blast
case as if "they were political workers" of then NCP Home
Minister R R Patil.

"There was an attempt to dub Hindus as terrorists in the
Malegaon blast case. ATS people held daily press briefings
and behaved as if they spearheaded the secular movement,"
Thackeray said, without naming Karkare killed in 26/11 attack.

"But the public is not stupid and knows the reality.
Those who dubbed Hindus as terrorists had to suffer. NCP`s R R
Patil lost the Home Minister`s post due to Islamic terrorists,
Sharad Pawar`s ambition of becoming the Prime Minister crashed
and Karkare became a victim of Islamic terrorism," he said.

Thackeray had earlier too targeted Karkare alleging that
ATS worked under political pressure while probing the blast in
which some radical Hinduoutfits had come under scanner.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 3, 2009 - 20:00
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