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. 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.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader, Swami Aseemanand, who was arrested last November for his alleged role in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blasts, had confessed that a Hindutva group was responsible for the 2006 Malegaon blasts. Khurshid 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 its logical end.
Chavan, who also spoke at the conference, termed the Malegaon blast as a ‘painful chapter in Maharashtra’s history’. “The guilty will be punished and the state’s secular atmosphere will remain intact,” he said.
At the same event, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Rajnath Singh, refuted allegations that he and senior party leader, LK Advani, had met Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast. “Neither I nor Advaniji went to meet her… Congress leader Digvijay Singh made baseless allegations against Advaniji. He even named me but it was wrong,” Singh said.