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MIM demands CBI probe into Malegaon blasts

Ex-gratia for the families of the deceased at par with the Mumbai bomb blast victims was also demanded.

india Updated: Sep 12, 2006 23:32 IST

Alleging that Bajrang Dal may be involved in the recent Malegaon blasts, the All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) on Tuesday demanded a CBI probe into the incident to 'instil confidence among Muslims'.

Asaduddin Owaisi, MP, who toured the blast sites at Malegaon, told reporters in Hyderabad that the modus operandi adopted for planting bombs was meticulously planned. "It appears to be the handiwork of Bajrang Dal if we go by the Nanded Bajrang Dal office blast".

Citing the blast at Nanded Bajrang Dal office in March, Owaisi claimed that police investigation had revealed that the bombs were being made in the Bajrang Dal office when they accidentally exploded, claiming three lives.

Police had also recovered some 'Muslim caps, burqas and wigs alongwith diaries which mentioned the places to be attacked', he claimed.

"Only CBI enquiry will expose the culprits involved in this blast. This has become a practice for the police to divert the attention towards Muslim fundamentalists while 'Hindu extremists' exist in Sangh Parivar, whose activities should also be monitored," he said.

Owasi alleged that police were using terms like 'Islamic terrorism or Muslim extremists'.

He said the acts of terror by a few individuals, could not make the whole community terrorists. "This is a calculated move to divide the communities. Unless we check these elements, secularism will be at stake."

Owaisi also demanded ex-gratia for the families of the deceasedat par with the Mumbai bomb blast victims.

First Published: Sep 12, 2006 23:32 IST