The Gujarat police, who were quick to give a clean chit to Pradnyasingh Thakur in the Modasa blast case in the state, have now had a change of mind. They are involved in fresh investigations into the blast, which took place on the same day — September 29 — as the Malegaon attack. The sadhvi was arrested for alleged involvement in the Malegaon blast.
The revisit to the Modasa case follows the arrest of self-styled swami Dayanand Pandey.
<b1>A police official involved in the investigations told HT that Lt Col Srikant Prasad Purohit, who has been arrested, told interrogators about Pandey’s involvement in the Modasa blast.
Police, who have been picking up links after the sadhvi’s arrest, zeroed in on Pandey on Wednesday. “Purohit is also claiming the involvement of absconding accused Ramji Kalasranga,” the officer said. “Gujarat police officers are here to help us verify these claims.”
ATS officials confirmed a team from Gujarat had been camping in Mumbai for the past two days. But Gujarat ATS chief, DIG Ajay Tomar, declined to comment.
On October 31, the Gujarat police had said they had found no connection of Pradnya with the Modasa blast, in which one person was killed and 10 injured.
The Haryana Railway police are also following the Malegaon probe closely for possible clues in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blasts. A team is in Mumbai, monitoring Purohit’s interrogation. They have sought a copy of his narco-analysis report.