With this issue, we start to serialise selections from the chargesheet filed by the ATS Maharashtra in the Malegaon Blast Case of 2008. Here is a translation from Marathi of evidence no. 79: – Aug, 2007 (the name of witness is omitted in the original): Swami (Sudhakar Dwivedi alias Amritanand Devteerth) asked me to attend a meeting at Bhosla Military School. …. Col Purohit said: Abhinav Bharat, in order to avenge would resort to bomb blasts in Muslim localities. For this huge funds were to be collected…. On 11 April 2008, I reached Bhopal. A general meeting was attended by Swamiji, Dr RP Sinh, Pragya Singh Thakur, Col. Purohit, Major Upadhyaya, Bharat, Sameer Kulkarni, Himani Savarkar etc. There was discussion on establishing a branch of Abhinav Bharat in Madhya Pradesh … On the first floor of Ram Mandir, in a closed room the evening meeting was attended by these people…. I was assigned the task of serving tea and refreshments….
The meeting lasted an hour and a half…. [in this meeting] Col. Purohit said that Muslims should be targeted earliest so as to seek revenge. As they are in great number in Malegaon, hence a bomb explosion at that place would be the best kind of revenge. It was approved by everyone. Pragya Sinh said, “bomb blast would require manpower which I would arrange.” There should be no worry about that …. This gave me an inkling that they were hatching the conspiracy of a bomb blast at Malegaon …. I decided to maintain distance from them. On Swamiji’s visit in May-June 2008, Sidharth Kaul made arrangements for his stay at SOS head office, Sector 29, Faridabad. He stayed there for 3-4 days…. Swamiji instigated me again to seek revenge for atrocities perpetrated on the Hindus.
Witness No. 118 [translated from Marathi]: …. a few years ago, Samir Kulkarni and his friends had founded an organisation called Abhinav Bharat … On the first floor of the temple, a meeting was held in a closed room attended by Swami Shankaracharya, Col. Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya, Sudhakar Chaturvedi, Major Upadhyaya, Samir Kulkarni and a few others. In this meeting Col. Purohit said that Malegaon had a substantial Muslim population, hence atrocities on Hindus must be avenged at the earliest at that place (something of this kind). Sadhvi Pragya commented that she had manpower [for executing the operation]. There should be no worry. Two or three months after the Bhopal meeting, i.e., June-July 2008, a meeting was held at Jabalpur in a dharmashala…. There were approximately 300 persons (including) Sadhvi Pragya Sinh, Shankaracharya, a local Sadhvi (who was addressed as didi), Samir Kulkarni and Major Upadhyaya from Pune.
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