CBI team probing mosque bombing quizzes Malegaon accused

Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur being taken to a court in Mumbai, in this file photo. Photo: Vivek Bendre  

Armed with a court permission, a Central Bureau of Investigation team from Hyderabad on Saturday visited Nashik Road Central Jail and questioned the Malegaon blast accused in the light of some leads emerging in the investigations into the 2007 bomb explosion at a mosque in the Andhra Pradesh capital.

CBI officials came to the prison this morning, jail sources said.

The three-member team of the CBI, which is probing the Mecca Masjid bombing in Hyderabad, was on Friday permitted by a local court to interrogate the 11 Malegaon blast accused lodged in the jail, between April 30 and May 5.

The accused include Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur and Army officer Prasad Purohit who are in judicial custody. The Sadhvi is undergoing treatment in an ayurveda hospital here.

Investigations into the Hyderabad blast have led to unearthing of the cellphone conversation between Ramaji Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange, absconding accused in the Malegaon case, and one Chhapari, who has been arrested for the mosque bombings, CBI has said in its application to the court here.

Nine people were killed in the mosque blast in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007.

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