Delhi doctor questioned in Malegaon probe trail

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New Delhi, Nov 22 (UNI) Trailing accused in the Malegaon blast case, the Maharashtra Police's Anti-Terrorism Squad today question a prominent doctor of the city for his alleged links with an accused of the September 29 blasts.

Denying his links with self-styled 'Shankaracharya' Dayanand Pandey, as was being alleged, doctor R P Singh said he had no association with the spiritual leader, according to sources.

He also trashed reports of any plot, and his subsequent involvement in it, to kill Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leaders as was being claimed by the ATS.

Singh, however, did admit that he had seen Pandey a couple of times and had first met him at a temple in Faridabad in January this year.

He added that he was introduced to Pandey by a Kashmiri leader.

His reaction comes in the face of claims by ATS that senior RSS leaders were the target of a plot to liquidate them allegedly by 'Abhinav Bharat', an extreme 'Hindutva' organisation that had among its founder members Lt Col Shrikant Purohit - prime accused in the Malegaon blasts case.

The ATS had earlier said its probe had revealed that Srikant Purohit and Dayanand Pandey, along with another 'Hindutva' proponent Shyam Apte from Pune, had together conspired to kill RSS general secretary Mohan Bhagwat and senior leader Indresh.

Meanwhile, sources also said that Dr R P Singh had earlier served as 'advisor' to Dayanand Pandey for some time.

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