The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has questioned some members of the Shabridham ashram in Dangs in connection with the Malegaon blasts, police sources said on Sunday.
The ATS team from Maharashtra had visited the ashram couple of days ago and questioned some of its members in connection with the Malegaon blasts, they said.
The Shabridham ashram is run by one Swami Ashimanand, police sources said. Police are searching for Swami Ashimanand who is believed to have gone into hiding after Ramji alias Ramsu, the Swami's trusted aide and chauffeur, was picked up by Mumbai ATS with Gujarat Police's assistance on Thursday.
Ramji was arrested for his alleged involvement in using Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur's motorcycle for planting the bombs outside a Malegaon mosque that killed six people on September 29, 2006. Ramsu is believed to be an important link to trace the perpetrators of the Malegaon blast.
Swami was one of the orgnisers of the Shabari Kumbh, a congregation of Hindu religious oraganisation, in 2006, they added.
Sources also said that the man who was picked up from Vapi by the Maharashtra ATS few days ago, used to work at the Shabridham before moving to Vapi.
Valsad district police sources confirmed that a man was detained by the ATS and was questioned in connection with the Malegaon blasts.
They also said that the man was resident of Vaghai taluka in Dangs district and has been working in Vapi town of Valsad district since last 4-5 months.