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Malegaon probe leads to 2006 suicide of a scrap dealer

india Updated: Nov 20, 2008 19:33 IST
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The probe into the Malegaon blasts saw the central security agencies and Police stumble upon a suicide case where a scrap dealer was found dead after explosive material including RDX was found on him.

Investigations as to how RDX was pilfered to some right wing groups allegedly responsible for Malegaon explosions on September 29 that left six people dead led them to a case of suicide of a scrap dealer Shankar Shelke, sources probing the case said.

On September two, 2006, police in Ahmednagar seized from a local scrap dealer some 195 kgs of cocktail of explosives that included RDX which was procured by Shelke from Army Ordnance decommissioned as scrap.

A mobile phone from which he had made over 150 calls was also recovered and during investigation it was found that he had got a cellular connection on a fake name.

However, before police could arrest him, Shelke allegedly committed suicide and his employee could not provide any detail about Shelke and the case came to a close as a suicide with no further insight.

Some leads are now emerging that the deadly RDX could have been pilfered during such decommissioning of scrap from the Army and the probe had led to Shelke's case, the sources said, adding it is being probed whether Shelke's case was a suicide or murder.

Sources claimed that Maharashtra state was turning into a big hub of right-wing extremists and that no proper monitoring was done since 2001, when a camp was allegedly organised in Pune "for imparting arms and explosive training to Bajrang Dal cadres".

Local police had dismissed some of the minor explosions that took place between 2003 and 2006 as freak accidents. Now all such incidents need to be thoroughly probed, the sources said.

The ATS held informal consultations with the CBI which had investigated the 2006 Nanded blast in which the agency had failed to establish the source of explosives used for bombing of a Mosque in Aurangabad, they said.

The CBI also remained silent on the possession of a large quantity of explosive materials, used in manufacturing of fire crackers, from the house of Laxman Rajkondwar in Nanded where two persons, including his son Naresh, were killed while allegedly manufacturing the bomb, they said.