ATS TO BOOK EX-BJP MP FOR CONSPIRACY

The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS), probing the Malegaon September 2008 bomb blast, is likely to register a case against former BJP member of parliament, B L Sharma (Prem) and others for conspiring to engineer bomb blasts across the country.

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The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS), probing the Malegaon September 2008 bomb blast, is likely to register a case against former BJP member of parliament, B L Sharma (Prem) and others for conspiring to engineer bomb blasts across the country. Sharma, who had been MP twice from east Delhi on a BJP ticket, participated in a meeting held on September 21, 2007 at Nashik in which some of the Malegaon blast accused also took part. Those present in the meeting included one Bhai Dalvi, Ninad Bedekar and Malegaon blast suspects Dayanand Pandey and Lt Col Prasad Purohit. The meeting was videographed by Pandey using his laptop. The ATS is planning to register the case in a Nashik police station.

The Malegaon blast suspects had conspired to convert secular India into a complete Hindu Rashtra. In the meeting, Sharma claimed to be a VHP minister. While talking about an action group, Sharma said, “Young men want three things. Women, money….. We can give that. If we ask the young men to do work and do not give them anything, they will not be with us for a long time.” In the meeting, Dalvi said that he had turned 70 and still wanted to fight. “There should be multiple blasts across the country at the same time,” Dalvi said in the conspiracy meeting. “It’s okay because if pressure mounts, then conversions will start,” said Pandey referring to the conversion of Muslims into Hinduism. “Once the process starts, it will not take time for the entire country to convert,” added Pandey.

“We are considering this and are planning to register a case in Nashik. There is insufficient evidence against some of those accused in the blast case,” said an ATS official on the condition of anonymity. “We are legally examining this case and other issues,” added ATS chief Krish Pal Raghuvanshi.