“On Saturday, the agency arrested an important accused, Manohar Singh, who is a resident of Gurgakhedi under the Hatod police station of Indore district. Investigators have reasons to believe that Manohar planted one of the four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Malegaon in September, 2006, resulting in death of 37 persons,” said a senior NIA official.
Before the arrest of Manohar Singh, the NIA had arrested Rajendra Pehelwan alias Samandar in the Samjhauta Express blasts and Dhan Singh in the Malegaon blast in September 29, 2008. But during their questioning they also claimed to have planted IEDs outside a mosque on September 8, 2006, during Friday prayers.
The NIA is slated to arrest Samandar on January 3 in connection with the Malegaon bombings. Dhan Singh will also be formally arrested in the case once his custody expires in the second Malegaon bombing of 2008, where he is believed to have planted explosives in a motorbike.