Malegaon 2006 case: NIA names four right wing terror suspects

The NIA Wednesday filed a chargesheet against four people — Lokesh Sharma, Dhan Singh, Rajender Chaudhary and Manohar Narwariya — suspected to be members of a right wing extremist group in the 2006 Malegaon bomb blasts case.

According to the chargesheet, which runs into six volumes and over 3,000 pages, the four men from Indore planned the blasts as a "revenge attack" following the attacks on the Raghunath temple in Jammu in 2002, Shramjeevi Express in 2005 and Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi in 2006.

The four, who are all in custody, have been charged with conspiring and executing the four blasts in Malegaon on September 8, 2006 which claimed 37 lives. They have been booked under several sections of the IPC, MCOCA, Explosive Substances Act, Passport Act and Criminal Law Amendment Act for carrying out terror activities, conspiracy and murder.

The NIA has said investigations against Ramji Kalsangra, Sandeep Dange, Amit Chauhan and Swami Aseemanand are still underway and it will file a supplementary chargesheet later. While the first three are absconding, Aseemanand is in custody.

Interestingly, the NIA has not exonerated the 13 Muslim men named as accused in the case by the ATS and CBI in 2006. NIA prosecutor Geeta Golambe told the court that today's chargesheet was filed against accused number 14-17. She, however, did not brief the court about the first 13 named in the case. No application was moved to discharge them either.

Nine of the 13 accused named earlier were arrested. While seven were granted bail in 2011 following Aseemanand's confessional statement that the Malegaon blasts were executed by a Hindu group, two remain in jail in connection with a different case.

In its chargesheet today, the NIA said the four bombs were made in Indore by Chauhan, Dange and Kalsangra, with slain RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi in charge of the logistics. The cycles for the blasts were reportedly purchased by Chaudhary and Narwariya. The duo, along with Kalsangra and Dhan Singh are reported to have planted the bombs.

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