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Sadhvi Pragya tortured by ATS: lawyers

india Updated: Nov 17, 2008 14:36 IST
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Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast, has alleged that she has been tortured and ill-treated by the Anti-Terrorism Squad, her counsel told a court in Nashik on Monday.

I Eight blast accused were produced by the police in the Nashik Magistrate Court to demand extension of their judicial custody, which ends on Tuesday.

The sadhvi asked the court to provide her the Hindi translation of the submission made by her lawyers, which was in English, as she could not understand it. "Mujhe maloom nahin mera kasoor kya hai (I do not know what is my crime)," she told the court.

In the jam-packed court of Additional Magistrate H K Ganatra, which has become the centre of media attention, the sadhvi, Abhinav Bharart member Samir Kulkarni and former Army officer Ramesh Upadhyay, along with five other accused, were produced amid high security.

Pragya was arrested by the Maharashtra ATS from Surat in Gujarat for her alleged role in the Malegaon Blast which killed six and injured over 80.

Earlier, the prosecution had alleged that the sadhvi had a long conversation with the main accused, Ramji, just after the September 29 blast in Malegaon which became basis for her arrest by the ATS.