Panaji: Malgonda Patil, the prime accused in
Margao bomb blast, used a SIM card registered in the name of a
farmer from Baramati, who had lost it two years ago, police
confirmed here on Sunday.
The cellphone number, Patil used on the day of blast,
was traced to one Vitthal Jadhav whose son had lost it two
years ago, they said.
A bomb had gone off pre-maturely on October 16 killing
Patil and Yogesh Naik -- both Sanatan Saunstha activists --
while they were allegedly ferrying it on a scooter.
The investigation into the case led police to picking up
Jadhav, his son Mahadev Jadhav and one more suspect Pradeep
Mane for interrogation.
"The trio was picked up by Goa Police last night from
Baramati rural police station jurisdiction and released after
interrogation," Superintendent of Police (PRO), Atmaram
Jadhav lost the card and later forgot about it. It was
only after he was called by police, he realised that it was
being misused, Mane said.
"Jadhav does not even know Malgonda Patil. God knows from
where he got the card," he said.
Jadhav said that after he lost the card he tried
contacting it but it always showed switched off.
"I did not file a police complaint about the loss of SIM
card, as I thought it must be lying somewhere in the mud," he