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Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur, arrested in connection with the Malegaon blasts, leaves a court in Nashik on Monday.
Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur, arrested in connection with the Malegaon blasts, leaves a court in Nashik on Monday.

Nashik: Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur, arrested in connection with the Malegaon blasts, allegedly had a long telephonic conversation with the absconding main accused and asked him why there were fewer casualties, the prosecution told a court here on Monday.

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad counsel told chief judicial magistrate K.D. Boche that during the long conversation between the Sadhvi and the prime accused Ramji after the September 29 Malegaon blasts, he told her “I have done my job.”

Sadhvi Pragnya asked Ramji whether the police had seized her motorcycle used in the blasts and why fewer people were killed in the incident, said the prosecution.

It claimed that Ramji told the Sadhvi: “I did not find proper parking place for the bike.” Mr. Boche sent the Sadhvi, Shivnarayan Singh Kalsangram and Shyam Bhawarlal Sahu, who were produced in the court amidst high drama, to magisterial custody till November 17. When the magistrate asked her whether she wanted to speak, the Sadhvi replied: “I have to tell you a lot of things and it needs long time.”

She asked the court, “Can I get justice?”

Sadhvi Pragnya fainted briefly but regained consciousness after having water.

The ATS told the court that the Sadhvi was arrested after her bike was found used in the blasts. She is being treated as the main culprit on the basis of her telephonic conversation with Ramji, who had allegedly planted the bomb.

“Illegal detention”

Ganesh Sovani, a local advocate representing the Sadhvi, said she was detained by the ATS on October 11 and she was in custody till Monday (November 3). “This is illegal,” he said.

Sahu, who owns a mobile phone shop in Madhya Pradesh, told the court: “I do not know about Sadhvi Pragnya but I have sold a mobile to her.”

The court was also told that Kailash Solanki, a servant in Sahu’s shop, reportedly refilled Pragnya’s SIM cards. — PTI

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