BJP today welcomed the dropping of charges under MCOCA against Malegaon blast accused and said this had "smashed" the "fictional myth" about Hindu terror.
"We welcome the dropping of charges under MCOCA against Malegaon blast accused by the Mumbai special court. With this the diversionary and fictional myth about Hindu terror has been smashed.... It has been proven false," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
He said the 11,000 page chargesheet against accused sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Colonel Srikant Purohit had failed to prove the MCOCA charges.
"The case will now be tried in an ordinary court. The MCOCA charges were dropped on two grounds. One, that the accused were not a part of any organised crime syndicate. Secondly, there was no prior chargesheet against them," Rudy said.
As Thakur was earlier associated with the Sangh Parivar, it was alleged that Malegaon incident proved the existence of Hindu terror, however BJP leaders, including party president Rajnath Singh, had defended Thakur and accused the government of wrongly persecuting her and harassing her through a series of narco tests.