NIA breather likely for Pragya Thakur in Male­gaon blast case

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Rajesh Ahuja rajesh.ahuja@hin­dus­tan­times.com

One of the most prom­i­nent faces of al­leged Hindu ter­ror in In­dia, re­li­gious leader Pragya Thakur, is likely to get off the hook in the 2008 Male­gaon blasts case for lack of proof, sources said on Satur­day.

An­other key ac­cused in the case, Lt. Col Prasad Puro­hit, is ex­pected to be named in the charge sheet.

Sources in the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) said it didn’t find con­crete proof link­ing Thakur to the blasts that killed seven peo­ple but had “enough ev­i­dence” against Puro­hit.

He was al­legedly in­volved in the set­ting up of Ab­hi­nav Bharat and met some of its mem­bers to dis­cuss ter­ror plans. The NIA is in the process of fi­nal­is­ing the charge sheet, which will be sub­mit­ted in a spe­cial court next month.

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