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Arrests in ’06 Malegaon blasts unfair, says Khurshid

mumbai Updated: Feb 20, 2011 23:14 IST
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Union minority affairs minister Salman Khurshid has said that investigations into the 2006 Malegaon blasts, which killed 36 people, have been ‘unfair’.

Khurshid, who was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a conference organised by an Urdu channel in Mumbai on Sunday, said a review was necessary in the case in which nine people were arrested.

“It is very clear that injustice has happened,” Khurshid said. “Foolproof investigations are not possible in every case. Many people are arrested during investigation, brought before court and some even set free. But repeatedly targeting some people is unfair.”

Khurshid was referring to the Muslim youth who were arrested in the case and are still behind bars.

RSS leader, Swami Aseem-anand, who was arrested last November for his alleged role in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blasts, had said in his confession recorded before the magistrate that a Hindutva group was responsible for the 2006 Malegaon blasts.

Khurshid said that some rethinking was required in the case and some decisions needed to be reviewed.

He said that Union home minister P Chidambaram was in touch with Maharashtra’s chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and Union law minister Veerappa Moily to take the case to a logical conclusion.

At the same event, BJP leader Rajnath Singh refuted allegations that he and senior party leader, LK Advani, had met Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, accused in the 2008 Malegoan blast. “I want to make it clear that neither I nor Advaniji went to meet her… Congress leader Digvijay Singh made baseless allegations against Advaniji. He even named me but it was completely wrong,” Singh said.