BJP terms case against Pragya ''sponsored''

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New Delhi, Nov 3 (UNI) Condemning the manner in which Pragya Thakur is being ''harassed'' by the Anti Terrorism Squad in Mumbai, the BJP today termed the case against her ''sponsored'', saying no evidence, even in the Polygraphy, Brain Mapping and Lie Detector Tests, has so far been found against her involvement in the Malegaon blasts.

Clarifying that anybody involved in terrorism be punished, the party, however, said ''at the same time, there should not be any sponsored investigation'' referring to the case against Pragya Thakur, who is in custody of the ATS.

If there was any evidence showing her complicity in the Malegaon blasts, it must be made public and the law should take its course, BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Mr Prasad said there had been bomb blasts in Malegaon in September 2006 near Hamidia Masjid and Bada Kabristan, in which 31 people were killed and 312 injured. But, it was surprising that all the conspiracy, motivation, lead and design found by the ATS in the chargesheet, including the complicy of terrorist elements, involvment of Pakistani terrorists in that blasts, had been completely reversed with regard to the Malegaon blasts 2008.

In the final report on the 2006 blasts, the ATS had accused 'zealot' leaders and SIMI members of exploiting communal sensitiveness in Malegaon, stirring up communal riots by creating communal disharmony and inciting Muslim youth against government policies to promote enmity between different groups on the ground of religion, he pointed out.

Besides, the reports had said Mohammad Ali Seikh and Shabbir Ahmad Masiullah, accused in the case, had got training in Pakistan and another Mohammad Ali Alam Sheikh received a sum of Rs 1.85 lakh through Hawala from one Riyaz Bhatkal, a SIMI activist.

The BJP said the final investigation report in the 2006 blasts clearly established the conspiracy by members of the SIMI including the fact that they bought bicycles from Hindu shopkeepers to shift the focus of investigation to achieve their objective of creating communal unrest.

But, the investigation in the 2008 blasts was hinged on the finding that the scooter found at the scene was once owned by the Sadhvi at another point of time.

Demanding that the nation was entitled to know as to what evidence were available against Pragya Thakur, the party asked the government to explain why the same ATS, which probed 2006 blasts, was not given the investigation of the 2008 blasts in Malegaon.

It also questioned why Riyaz Bhatkal, accused in the 2006 blasts and also found to be involved in the Gujarat and Rajasthan blasts, had not been subjected to Narco-analysis test till date to unearth the nature of conspiracy.

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