A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team arrived in Malegaon
today and began its investigation into the 2006 serial blast.
The four member team, which is led
by Akhilesh Yadav, visited the Hamidia Masjid Qabristan at around
11:00 in the morning.
According to Maulana Ab Bari Qasmi,
Imam of the Hamidia Masjid, the NIA team inspected the spots where
the blasts had taken place on September 08 in 2006.
The NIA team was assisted by the
Azad Nagar police officials.
A series of blasts on September 08,
2006 inside the Qabristan and at nearby Mushawerat Chowk had
shocked the Muslim dominated textile town in North Maharashtra.
More than 32 people had died and over 300 were injured in the
blasts which had occurred just after the Friday prayers on the
Shabe Barat day.
The NIA has taken over the
investigations of the 2006 & 2008 Malegaon blasts after the
confession of Swami Aseemanand - a Hindutva activist alleged to
have involved in Samjhuata Express blast, Malegaon blasts, Mecca
Masjid blast and other related incidents.
The NIA investigation of the 2006
Malegaon blast is third by the investigating agencies. Immediately
after the blast, the case was investigated by the Anti Terrorism
Squad (ATS). The ATS after its investigations claimed that the
blasts were carried by the local Muslim youths allegedly
associated with the banned outfit, SIMI.
Later on, the case was
re-investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The
CBI after initial investigations had informed the Mumbai High
Court that it did not find any evidence against the Muslim youths.
It, however, changed the track afterwards and followed the
investigation done by the ATS.
Nevertheless, after Swami
Aseemanand's confession, the CBI sought permission from the court
to re-investigate the case and hinted that it found enough
evidence of the involvement of the Hindutva terrorists in the 2006
Malegaon blast case.
After the case was taken over by the
National Investigating Agency (NIA), the CBI stopped its
re-investigation without submitting any report in the court.