Maharashtra counterterrorism squad forced me to name Yogi Adityanath the leader of the RSS: Malegaon Blast Witness


In 2008, six people were killed and more than 100 injured in a mosque explosion in Malegaon (File)

Bombay:

A witness in the Malegoan explosion case in 2008, whose statement was recorded by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, claimed in court that the ATS threatened him to appoint the chief minister of the ‘Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and four other RSS leaders.

Notably, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, currently facing multiple extortion cases, was the ATS Additional Commissioner when he investigated the Malegaon explosion case.

The witness was testified today before the special tribunal of the National Investigation Agency.

Her statement was recorded by ATS when she investigated the case before the NIA took over.

During his testimony, the witness told the court that the then senior ATS officer, Param Bir Singh, and another officer threatened to appoint Yogi Adityanath and four other RSS leaders, including Indresh Kumar.

He claimed that the ATS tortured him and made him sit (at their desk) illegally.

After his testimony, the court declared the witness hostile for making allegations against ATS and denying making any statement to the anti-terrorism agency.

So far, up to 220 witnesses have been interviewed in the case and 15 of them have turned hostile.

On September 29, 2008, six people were killed and over 100 injured when an explosive device attached to a motorcycle detonated near a mosque in Malegaon town in Nashik, located about 200 km from Mumbai.

The defendants in this case include Lok Sabha MP Pragya Singh Thakur, Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit, Shudakar Diwedi, Major Ramesh Upadhyay (retired), Ajay Rahirkar, Sudhakar Dwivedi, Sudhakar Chaturvedi and Sameer Kulkarni, all at large under caution.

They are tried under the provisions of the Prevention of Illegal Activities Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code.

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