CBI probes links between Malegaon-Nanded blasts

Mumbai, Nov 9: A CBI team is working with the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad to explore the links between Malegaon blasts and the 2006 blasts in Nanded when two Bajrang Dal activists died while making...

Mumbai, Nov 9: A CBI team is working with the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad to explore the links between Malegaon blasts and the 2006 blasts in Nanded when two Bajrang Dal activists died while making a bomb in their home.
 But the CBI's sudden interest in Nanded has now revived questions over whether it tried to bury the evidence in Nanded when it took over the case from the ATS.
 The ATS, in its chargesheet on Nanded, had found links to retired and serving military men and to Nashik's Bhonsala Militray school which echoed the findings in Malegaon.
 The ATS chargesheet filed in 2006 says two accused got a 40-days arms training at Bhonsala Military School but the CBI chargesheet does not mention any army links in its chargesheet filed in 2008.
 The chargesheet carried the statement of one of the witnesses, a captain with the merchant navy Sanat Kumar Vithal Bhate from Pune.
 Bhate, according to NDTV,  told the ATS that he had been invited by the Bajrang Dal to train 115 cadre at Nagpur's Bhonsala Military School.
 Two retired armymen and a senior retired office from the Intelligence bureau were also giving training to the cadres. Among the cadre were two men who died in the Nanded blast.
 But when the CBI took over the case it seemed to have diluted many of the charges in its chargesheet submitted in February 2008.
 Ashram in Gujarat under scanner
 Also under the scanner is another ashram in Dangs in south Gujarat. The ATS is reported to have questioned associates of Swami Ashimanand Maharaj of Sabridham who runs the ashram.
 This follows the arrest of one of the accused in the Malegaon blast case, Sunil Dhawde, a couple of days ago.
 Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, one of the accused in the Malegaon blast, came in contact with Asimanand and the two are said to have developed a close rapport. Reportedly, Maharaj also provided a car to Sadhvi Pragya for her visit to different villages in Dangs district during her few-week stay here at the fair.
 Sunil Dhawde, who chauffeured Sadhvi Pragya to different villages in Dangs during her stay, was picked up after the Mumbai ATS found his number in Pragya's mobile phone.

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