14 May, 2021

A Myth Blasted?

In a terror side-story, a sadhvi and ex-servicemen are suspects

Vivek Pateria
A Myth Blasted?

Against The Stereotype

  • The Sept 29 Malegaon blast killed 6, injured 90
  • Tipoff led Maharashtra ATS to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, two ex-servicemen, others
  • MoD has permitted the investigation of a Lt Col of the AEC
  • ATS is probing if RDX used in the blast came from army depot


Hindu bombs to counter Islamic terrorism? The idea did apparently hold some appeal for a group of young activists led by Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur. She and her associates are now in the custody of Maharashtra's anti-terrorism squad (ATS) for allegedly planting an RDX-laden bomb on a motorcycle parked outside the sealed SIMI office in Malegaon, northern Maharashtra, on September 29. The blast, a day before Id, killed six people and injured 90.

A month on, the investigations are heading in a direction hitherto untaken. They point to those with associations, past or present, with the Sangh parivar,...

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