2008 Malegaon blast : Major Upadhyay claims ‘saffron group’ is innocent
Upadhyay had on Thursday approached the special court set up for hearing the case and sought the forensic report of the explosives used in the blast.mumbai Updated: Apr 28, 2017 01:48 IST
Retired major Ramesh Upadhyay, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast, has claimed that the blast was a handiwork of other groups and not the ‘saffron terror group’.
Upadhyay had on Thursday approached the special court set up for hearing the case and sought the forensic report of the explosives used in the blast.
Upadhyay in his application claimed that NIA had after taking over investigation, sought a report from CFSL Hyderabad to see if there were any similarities in the explosives used in cases involving saffron group which include – 2006 Malegaon blast case, 2008 Malegaon blast case, Samjhota Express blast case, Mecca Masjid blast case, Ajmer blast case and Modassa blast case. “The report submitted by CFSL Hyderabad is in the possession of NIA which conclusively proves that all the blast are the handiwork of some other group not connected with the accused,” reads the application filed by Upadhyay.
He has been booked for conspiring with Lt Col Prasad Purohit as members of Abhinav Bharat for the blast. The National Investigation Agency (NIA), thE agency that probed the blast, alleged that Upadhyay attended all alleged conspiracy meetings held at Bhopal, Faridabad and various other places.
Upadhyay has further pleaded that “since the bomb planters, their handlers and logistics support providers have not been found till date, it is imperative that the true facts be brought before the court”. He added that he had no connection with the two absconding accused Ramchandra Kalsangra and Sandeep Danghe who are wanted in all these cases.
Upadhyay said, “NIA be directed to produce the report of CFSL bringing out the similarities of explosives used in Malegaon blast 2008 vis a vis other blast in which the absconding accused are also allegedly involved.”