Human Rights

Demand for enquiry by ATS into the Nanded blast

Nanded (Maharashtra): Human Rights Commission has issued an order for enquiry by ATS into the bomb blast in a biscuit godown in Nanded that had taken place four years ago whose file was closed by the police. It may be stated that on the night of 9 February 2007 a bomb blast had taken place in Gyaneshwar Manakwar’s godown in Shastri Nagar area of Nanded in which the entire godown was burnt to ashes. In this bomb blast two persons had died. In its preliminary enquiry police had described the cause of the blast a short circuit and after a superficial enquiry had closed this case file. But some social activists including Teesta Setalwad took up this matter further and sent all relevant documents and data to Human Rights Commission, Mumbai and requested reinvestigation of this case by a more reliable and higher agency/authority. After minutely examining all the relevant documents and some fresh data collected during the past three years, Human Rights Commission’s Justice V. G. Munshi accepted the petition filed by Setalwad and others and ordered Maharashtra government to have this case re-investigated. According to subsequent information available in this case, the important accused in this blast, who was also the owner of this godown, Gyaneshwar Datatriya Manakwar had given his statement, recorded by police inspector Nitin Kumar Gave in front of a magistrate that ‘in order to obtain the insurance amount, I in cooperation with my servant had tried to set the shop on fire. After sprinkling petrol on all goods of the shop as I was trying to kindle the fire with a match stick, the petrol suddenly caught fire. This is how this incident had taken place.’
MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2011 on page no. 11

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