Test conducted on Sadhvi Pragya, two others

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Mumbai, Nov 4 (UNI) The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) today conducted a second scientific Narco analysis test on Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and two others in a police hospital at Nagpada in South Mumbai for their alleged involvement in the Malegaon blast case.

The first test was conducted at Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) at Kalina University campus in North West Mumbai on October 31 after the ATS got permission from the Nashik district court.

The ATS officials took Sadhvi Pragya, who was remanded to judicial custody yesterday till November 17, and two other accused-Sameer Kulkarni and Ramesh Upadyay- to Nagpada police hospital, under heavy police security.

Though details of the test were not revealed to the media, Deputy chief minister R R Patil, during his visit to Juhu beach for inspecting the police bandobast on the ocassion of Chhat Puja told mediapersons that ATS has gathered strong evidence against Sadhvi Pragya, which could not be disclosed to media now as it may hamper the investigation process.

The police have so far arrested five persons, allegedly belonging to Hindu outfits, while several others have been detained for questioning in connection with the blasts in Malegaon in Maharashtra and Modasa in Gujarat.

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur (38), a former national executive secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), and her associates Shamlal Bhavar Sahu (42) and Shivnarayan Singh (36), accused of plotting and planting a bomb in Malegaon and Modasa on September 29, were arrested on October 23. six persons were killed in the Malegaon blast, while in Modasa blast one person was killed and eight others injued.

Police also arrested Sameer Kulkarni, belonging to Hindutva outfit Abhinav Bharat and Ramesh Upadhyay, a former armyman, who was also a member of the organisation.


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