Samjhauta accused arrested by NIA in Malegaon case

Last Updated: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 17:20

Mumbai: NIA on Monday formally arrested Lokesh
Sharma, already in judicial custody in connection with the
Samjhauta train bombing case, for his alleged role in the 2008
Malegaon blast.

Sharma was produced before the special MCOCA court of YD
Shinde who remanded him to NIA custody till March nine. The
special court had issued a production warrant against the
accused on February 23.

Mumbai: NIA on Monday formally arrested Lokesh
Sharma, already in judicial custody in connection with the
Samjhauta train bombing case, for his alleged role in the 2008
Malegaon blast.

Sharma was produced before the special MCOCA court of YD
Shinde who remanded him to NIA custody till March nine. The
special court had issued a production warrant against the
accused on February 23.

NIA has been given charge of terror cases which include
Malegaon 2006 and 2008, Ajmer (Rajasthan), Samjhauta train
blasts and Mecca-Masjid (Hyderabad).

Investigations into the Malegaon blast case had led the
probe agency to suspect the hand of Hindu terror outfits.
The then Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who was
killed in the 26/11 attacks, was instrumental in the arrest of
co-conspirators including a serving army officer, Lt Col
Prasad Shrikant Purohit.

ATS also arrested Sadhvi Pragya Singh as her bike was
used in the blast, Shivnarayan Gopalsingh Kalsangra
(electrician from Indore who assembled the bomb) and Shyam
Bhawarlal Sahu (owns mobile servicing centre at Bhopal).

Besides Purohit, others accused in the charge sheet were
Maj (retd) Ramesh Shivji Upadhyaya (Pune resident, accused of
imparting training and taught bomb making), Sameer Sharad
Kulkarni alias Chanakya Sameer (helped procure material for
making the bomb), Ajay alias Raja Rahirkar (Pune-based
treasurer of Abhinav Bharat) and Rakesh Dattatreya Dhawade
(Pune-based weapons expert who helped procure weapons).

Jagdish Chintaman Mhatre (helped store weapons), Sudhakar
Udaybhan Dhar Dwivedi alias Dayanand Pandey alias Swami
Amrutanand Devtirth (self-proclaimed Shankaracharya, resident
of Jammu and Kashmir and a key conspirator), Sudhakar
Onkarnath Chaturvedi (weapons were seized from him, was part
of planning) and Pravin Mutalik (planted bomb).

The case, which was transferred to NIA, has two
proclaimed offenders Ramji alias Ramchandra Kalsangra and
Sandeep Dange (both bomb planters).

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 16:14

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