ATS In­serted My Name In­stead of Savarkar’s: Bhadana

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

I was not present at Ab­hi­nav Bharat meet­ing in April 2008 in Bhopal, says hos­tile wit­ness

New Delhi: One of the wit­nesses in the 2008 Male­gaon blast, Yash­pal Bhadana, is be­lieved to have told the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency that his name was i nser t e d by t he Ma­ha­rash­tra anti-ter­ror squad (ATS) in place of Hi­mani Savarkar as one of those who at­tended the April 2008 Bhopal meet­ing of the rad­i­cal out­fit Ab­hi­nav Bharat. The out­fit al­legedly pro­pounded a ‘bomb ka badla bomb’ the­ory at this meet­ing. Hi­mani Savarkar was a leader of the Hindu Ma­hasabha who died last Oc­to­ber.

Bhadana’s state­ment, as first re­port- ed by ET, was recorded in the pres­ence of a mag­is­trate and it is ad­mis­si­ble as ev­i­dence in a court of law. Savarkar, who was also made a wit­ness by ATS in its chargesheet, had de­nied the charges lev­elled by ATS in in­ter­views. On the probe, an NIA spokesper­son told ET: “The in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on. We would not like to make any com­ment.”

Savarkar is the daugh­ter of Gopal Godse and niece of Ma­hatma Gandhi’s as­sas­sin Nathu­ram Godse. She was al­legedly made the pres­i­dent of Ab­hi­nav Bharat dur­ing the Bhopal meet­ing where, ac­cord­ing to ATS, the ‘main con­spir­acy’ to carry out blast at Male­gaon was hatched. Four peo­ple died and 79 in­jured in the blast. ATS KIREN RI­JIJU chargesheet had named Lt. Colonel (retd) Srikant Prasad Puro­hit, a mem­ber of Ab­hi­nav Bharat, as ac­cused while Savarkar was made a wit­ness.

In a se­ries of news re­ports that ap­peared af­ter ATS chargesheet quoted her that she was not present at the Bhopal meet­ing and it was at­tended by Sad­hvi Pragya, Dayanand Pande, SwamiAsee­m­anand,SameerKulka­rni and oth­ers. She also claimed that she had at­tended an­other Ab­hi­nav meet­ing at Jabalpur in June-July 2008 where Puro­hit was not present.

NIA, mean­while, has said that DG Sharad Kumar never said there was no ev­i­dence against Puro­hit in other cases, in­clud­ing the 2008 Male­gaon blasts. NIA clar­i­fied that Kumar only said that they have so far not found any ev­i­dence against him in the Samjhauta Ex­press blast case.

UPA TO BLAME

Sharad Kumar never said there was no ev­i­dence against Puro­hit in cases be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, in­clud­ing 2008 Male­gaon blasts

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