Blast accused watched Black Friday for inspiration, says NIA chargesheet

The Hindi film Black Friday, based on the Bombay blasts of 1993, was shown during indoctrination meetings to "brainwash" the Hindu extremists who later took part in the serial bombings in Malegaon in 2006, says the National Investigation Agency's (NIA's) chargesheet in the case. The chargesheet includes the disclosure reports of four Indore men accused in the case, Manohar Narwariya, Dhan Singh, Rajendra Chaudhary and Lokesh Sharma.

All four have claimed they were shown the film in order to highlight alleged Muslim atrocities on Hindus during their training at Bagli in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, says the chargesheet. Some details from the NIA's investigation were first reported by The Indian Express in January this year.Four bombs allegedly set off by the accused in Malegaon's Hamidiya Mosque and Mushawarat Chowk on September 8, 2006, killed 31 people. Narwariya, Singh, Chaudhary and Sharma have been charged with conspiracy and execution of the blasts.

According to the confessions, while Chaudhary, Singh and Narwariya watched the film, three others Sharma, RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi, and absconding accused Ramji Kalsangra prepared a bomb in the same hut in Bagli where the accused stayed during their training.

Joshi, who was murdered in December 2007, allegedly by rivals in Malegaon '06 accused watched Black Friday for inspiration: NIA chargesheet his own hardline Hindu group, had begun to brainwash the accused from as early as 2000, the chargesheet says.

According to Chaudhary's statement, recorded by NIA deputy superintendent B N Mishra, Chaudhary had joined Joshi, Sharma, Kalsangra and Ramesh Venkat Mahalkar alias Amit Hakla "to take revenge against the Muslim jihadis". "We all used to discuss that these jihadi attacks on Hindu temples are driven by Pakistani Muslims. We wanted to cause bomb blasts in masjids and other Musalman-dominated places," Chaudhary has said in his confession.

The training module drawn up by Joshi, Kalsangra and Sharma included bombmaking and firing from a pistol. All members of the group and those interested in participating in their activities were to be imparted this training, says the chargesheet.

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