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Maharashtra ATS to quiz Aseemanand in Malegaon blast

A team of Maharashtra ATS, probing the Malegaon bomb blast, has left for Haryana to question Swami Aseemanand and seek a certified copy of his "confession" linking himself and right-wing groups to the terror act, a senior police official said today.

mumbai Updated: Jan 14, 2011 21:50 IST

A team of Maharashtra ATS, probing the Malegaon bomb blast, has left for Haryana to question Swami Aseemanand and seek a certified copy of his "confession" linking himself and right-wing groups to the terror act, a senior police official said on Friday.

Aseemanand, the main accused in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast, is currently in judicial custody in Haryana.

"Following his confession about his role and that of some groups in the Malegaon blast, our team left for Haryana on January 12 to question him. However, Aseemanand is in judicial custody now. Once the agency concerned there gets the custody of Aseemanand again, we will ensure that we get an opportunity to interrogate him," Rakesh Maria, chief of Anti-Terror Squad (ATS), told reporters in Mumbai.

A certified confessional statement of Aseemanand, in which he has talked about the bomb blast, would also be sought from the probe agency concerned, he said.

"After obtaining the statement, we will seek a legal opinion on it."

Seven people were killed in the September 29 explosion at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town in Nashik district of Maharashtra.

Aseemanand is a member of the right-wing group Abhinav Bharat which was allegedly behind the blast.

His name had surfaced during interrogation of one of the 11 arrested accused in the case, according to ATS sources.

However, nothing substantial had been established at that time to link him with the blast and their attempts to question him had also failed as he could not be traced, they said.