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

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Rahul.Tri­pathi@ times­group.com

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

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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.

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