Right-wing groups to help trace 'missing' Malegaon blast accused

  • Padma Shastri, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Aug 05, 2014 14:40 IST

Reviving a six-year-old issue, two right wing organisations have come forward to trace a Malegaon blast accused who disappeared in 2008 after being picked up by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad for questioning.

The All India Hindu Mahasabha, a political party, and Abhinav Bharat revealed that they would help the family of Malegaon blast accused Dilip Patidar in who is missing since Maharashtra ATS took him to Mumbai on the intervening night of November 10-11, 2008, for interrogation.

"We will help Dilip's brother Ramswaroop Patidar to file a fresh case in Bombay high court and make Maharashtra ATS one of the parties," Hindu Mahasabha executive president Himani Savarkar told HT over phone. Citing the reason, she said neither the government nor society has been bothered to locate Dilip Patidar, whose family is poor and suffering.

Savarkar, the 68-year old architect and niece of Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse, is also president of Abhinav Bharat, a right wing organisation that works for Hindus' cause.

Three years back, Ramswaroop Patidar had filed a habeas corpus petition in Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh (MP) High Court to trace Dilip in which Maharashtra and MP government were made parties. The case was closed without revealing Dilip's whereabouts.

Savarkar spent three hours with the family of Dilip Patidar in his native Dhopada village situated, 120 km from here in Shajapur district on Saturday. She took relevant information, documents from Patidar family and discussed the case in length.

"I am here to help a Hindu brother though Patidar family has nothing to do with Hindu Mahasabha or Abhinav Bharat," said Himani, wife of the nephew of revolutionary Vinayak Damodar Savarkar who was a key pillar of Hindu Mahasabha.

During her three-hour stay, the Patidar family insisted that it either wants to see Dilip live or dead. "Dilip's wife Padma wanted to know whether she is a widow. She asked me whether she should put vermillion on her forehead and wear mangalsutra as Hindu women whose husbands are alive do. Imagine her mental torture," Savarkar said.

She charged Maharashtra ATS and government with forcing Patidar family to identify a body as that of Dilip Patidar which the family refused.

Before leaving for Pune, Savarkar released the book 'Hidden hand behind Malegaon blast' in Indore on Sunday. Vikram Bhave, a Malegaon blast accused out on bail, is book's author.

Hindu Mahasabha, the right wing political party was founded in 1914, as a check to All India Muslim League and to re-covert Muslims as Hindus.

Who is Dilip Patidar?

Electrician Dilip Patidar, 30, lived as a tenant in the house of Malegaon blast accused Lalji Kalsangra near Bengali square in Indore. Maharashtra ATS charged Patidar of wiring the bombs used in blast that took place near mosque in Malegaon in 2008 which killed 37 people and injured 125 others.

His brother Ramswaroop, a farmer, alleged that Dilip died as result of physical torture inflicted by Maharashtra ATS and had demanded a CBI inquiry.

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