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'No involvement in Malegaon, Modasa blasts'

india Updated: Oct 24, 2008 21:00 IST

BJP's student wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Friday denied any involvement in the September 29 bomb blasts in Malegaon in Maharashtra and Modasa town in Gujarat and accused the media of "sensationalising" the issue.

"The media is sensationalising the news by involving ABVP's name in the blasts but ATS has not said anything so far," ABVP National Vice-President Milind Marathe told a press conference in Mumbai.

"ABVP has been subjected to media trial unnecessarily and we are thinking of taking legal action against them," he said, adding let Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorism Squad, which is probing the Malegaon blast, speak about any such involvement.

Asked if Indore-based Sadhvi Pragya, arrested in connection with the blasts, was a member of the organisation, Marathe said "police have said that she hails from Madhya Pradesh. So, I have to check with the unit there if she was a member".

"Even if she was the member of ABVP in the past, it does not prove the organisation's involvement in blasts," he added.

In fact, ABVP has been opposing terrorism from years, he said, adding, "this is a political conspiracy against them".

ABVP has written a letter to ATS seeking a meeting with their officials over the issue.

Four persons were killed and 70 others injured in the blast at Bhikku Chowk area in Malegaon, a communally sensitive town in North Maharashtra. One person was killed in the explosion at Modasa.