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Malegaon RDX was stolen from Army

Malegaon residents have claimed that CBI while re-investigating 2006 Malegaon blast case in the town after Aseemanand’s confession told the local people that their investigation revealed that the RDX used in the Malegaon blast was stolen from the Army, which was earlier denied by the Army.

On 8 September, four RDX bombs were planted near a mosque at Mushawerat Chowk in Malegaon on bicycles that killed 31 people and injured 297 others. Maharashtra ATS had arrested seven youth for carrying out the blast. According to a report published in Times of India on 7 March a local resident who was called by the CBI for interrogation said, “The CBI told us that the RDX used in the blasts was stolen from the army.”

The special CBI team conducted five meetings with the members of Organisations of All Muslim Sects (OAMS) in Malegaon and interacted with them. A CBI team member, M V Laad, said, “I neither know anything about it nor do I want to talk on this issue.’’ Another officer from the special CBI team said, “I have been to Malegaon but I cannot utter a single word.”

The investigation was handed over to the CBI in 2006. Later, in 2011, a special CBI team started investigating the case after Aseemanand confessed that the Hindu right wing was responsible for the Malegaon blast.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 4

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