Hindu outfit behind Malegaon blast?

October 23rd, 2008 - 10:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) The Hindu Jagran Manch, a Hindu group, is suspected to be involved in the Sep 29 bomb blast in the communally sensitive Maharashtra town of Malegaon, sources in the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) said Thursday.While ATS officers were not willing to comment on record, sources close to investigation said the motorcycle in which the bomb was kept belonged to a man named Padma Singh, who has taken the name of Sadhvi Purna Chetananand and is working for a spiritual organisation in Indore in Madhya Pradesh.

Padma Singh earlier used to be an activist of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students’ wing of the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), and is presently associated with the Hindu Jagran Manch, an outfit of Sanatan Sabha, an obscure organisation based in Panvel near Mumbai.

The Sanatan Sabha was allegedly involved in three low-intensity bomb blasts in Thane, Vashi and Panvel near Mumbai earlier this year and the ATS is all set to file a charge sheet against its key members in the blasts, the sources added.

While ABVP’s state unit general secretary Shrirang Kulkarni, Sanatan Sabha spokesperson Abhay Vartak and BJP state unit president Nitin Gadkari were quick to deny the “mischievous and highly motivated allegations”, state ATS chief Hemant Karkare was not available for comment.

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