Mumbai: The National Investigation Agency
Saturday made its first arrest in connection with the 2006
Malegaon bombing after the role of right-wing groups came to the
fore with the nabbing of Swami Aseemanand in 2011, news agency PTI
The NIA arrested Mohan, the terrorist alleged to be part of the
criminal conspiracy and touted as planter of explosives in the powerloom town of Malegaon on September 8,
2006 which left 37 people dead.
He was arrested from Hatod area of Indore district in Madhya
Pradesh and was being taken to Mumbai on a transit remand where he
would produced before the court, PTI quoted officials as saying.
Mohan’s role came out before the NIA during the interrogation of
Rajesh Chowdhry, an alleged bomber of Samjhauta train blast, who
had claimed to be also a part of alleged conspiracy involved in
bombing at Malegaon, they said.
His arrest is the first one by the NIA in connection with the
Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had
arrested nine suspects - Salman Farsi, Shabbir Ahmed, Noorulhuda, Rais Ahmed, Mohammed Ali, Asif Khan, Javed Sheikh, Farogue
Ansari and Abrar Ahmed. The nine Muslim youths were in
November 2011 released on bail after remaining in jail for more
than five years.
Local Muslims in Malegaon including
the victims since the day one had maintained that the arrested
Muslim men were innocent. They in fact carried one of the longest
campaign in the history of the town demanding arrest of the actual
perpetrators and release of the innocents.
The case took a different turn when Swami Aseemanand, allegedly involved in Ajmer, Mecca Masjid and
Samjhuata Express blasts, confessed that Hindu terrorists, some of
them already wanted in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, were
also behind the 2006 Malegaon blast.
Malegaon had seen another terror attack in 2008 allegedly by
right-wing Hindu groups. Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and former Lt.
Col. Srikanth Purohit were arrested in connection with the