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Probe Malegaon police laxity: Mah Congress

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Mumbai, Sep 11 (UNI) Maharashtra Congress today said the investigators probing the Malegaon bomb blasts should find out whether former legislator Nihal Ahmed had alerted the rural Suprintendent of Police that the powerloom town could be targeted and whether any preventive action was taken.

Briefing reporters, MPCC spokespersons Sanjay Nirupam and Hussain Dalwai who visited Malegaon soon after the blasts, called for an ''impartial'' investigation into the blasts.

They said the probe was leading to a division of society on communal lines as the police are profiling Muslims and holding them responsible for the blasts.

''Following intelligence inputs, security was beefed up at soft targets like temples, shopping malls, multiplexes and other crowded places. But, places of worship belonging to the Muslims were left out. Why did the police not think that mosques can also be targeted by the terrorists,'' Mr Nirupam asked.

Mr Dalwai said former MLA Nihal Ahmed said that he had alerted the local police about the possibility of an attack on the Bada Kabrastan (burial ground) and the adjacent mosque and requested for security.

During the all-party meeting, convened by Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil in the town after the blasts, the rural SP had also admitted that he was informed of such a threat.

Mr Nirupam said the police should investigate what steps the rural SP had taken after Mr Ahmed's alert and whether the investigators did question the former MLA on the nature of information he possessed.

He said the political conspiracy angle also needs to be probed as the 2001 riots took place on the eve of the Municipal Corporation elections and the blasts occurred when the civic body polls were just four months away.

Mr Dalwai said the link between the Nanded blasts in April this year and the the Malegaon bomb blasts should also be probed.

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