Second Witness of Malegaon Blast Turns Hostile
Says he walked out of the Bhopal meeting after being snubbed by main accused Major Upadhayay for taking up issue of Hindu refugees in Jammu
New Delhi: The second witness in the 2008 Malegaon blast has said that he walked out of the alleged ‘terror’ meeting after he was stopped from discussing the plight of Hindu refugees in Jammu who came to India after Partition.
In his statement recorded before a magistrate on April 6, Dr RP Singh said: “Major (retd) Ramesh Upadhayay, one of the main accused of 2008 Malegaon blast, laughed at me during the April 2008 Bhopal meeting when I started speaking about the conditions of Hindu refugees in Jammu and snubbed me by saying the ‘entire country is caught in jihadi terror and you are worried about refugees and Maoist in Nepal’.” Upadhayay was associated with Bhonsla Military Academy in Nasik and is behind bars. In its charge-sheet, the Maharashtra ATS had claimed that it was during the Bhopal meeting, the conspiracy to carry out blasts at Malegaon was planned by Lt Colonel Purohit and others.
In his earlier statement which he has now retracted, Singh had claimed that it was Aseemanand who propounded ‘Bomb ka badla bomb theory’ during the Bhopal meeting. Singh also told the magistrate at a Patiala House court that he had gone to Bhopal at the invitation of Swami Dayanand Pande who also describes himself as ‘Kashmiri Shankracharya’. Pande is in jail in
connection with Malegaon blast.
When contacted, Singh, a doctor with a leading private hospital in Delhi, told ET, “I would not like to make any comment.” As first re- ported by ET, on April 19, the statement of Singh and another witness, Yashpal Bhadana, were recorded before a magistrate at the instance of NIA. A testimony recorded before a magistrate is admissible as evidence in a court of law. In his recorded statement Singh also said, “after being snubbed, I walked out from the meeting (Bhopal). I told him that if you didn’t wish to listen to me why did you call me? During the Bhopal meeting and another meeting at Faridabad I did not hear them planning bomb blast at Malegaon or to cause communal tensions in the country.” The meeting at Faridabad was conducted on January 26, 2008, and was attended by Purohit and Swami Dayanand Pande.