Posted by: informer | November 13, 2008

ATS gets transit remand of Dayanand Pandey

Lucknow, November 13: : Maharashtra ATS got the transit remand of Dayanand Pandey, a seer arrested in connection with the Malegaon blast case, till November 16 to take him to the state.Pandey alias Sudhakar Dwivedi, who was arrested on Wednesday, was produced before Magistrate Mukesh Kumar at his residence by the ATS as the court was closed due to Guru Nanak Jayanti.

The court gave the three-day transit remand to the ATS so that he could be produced before a Nashik court. Dwivedi was picked up on Wednesday from Kanpur by the ATS team and arrested after questioning.

Till now, the ATS has arrested nine persons and have been booked them in cases for conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder and under the Indian Explosives Act.

Regarding media reports of Purohit and other arrested accused’s role in other blasts, Karakare said only Rakesh Dhawde’s role in the Nanded blast had been established.

“Dhawde, who was arrested from Pune, had given training in weapons and explosives to the accused in the Nanded blast and hence he would soon be booked in that case also,” Karkare said.

ATS in Jammu for investigations

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad has sent a team to Jammu and Kashmir to interrogate the detained persons there, a senior ATS official said on Thursday.

The ATS, along with the Uttar Pradesh police, had arrested Dayanand Pandey believed to be a ‘seer’, who allegedly played a major role in the blast conspiracy.

Pandey’s Chartered Accountant (CA) V K Kapoor and his son Pawan were also detained in Jammu for questioning. The duo were however let off as “nothing adverse” was found against them, the official said.

The ATS chief Hemant Karkare said that the ATS is not “after any political leader from Uttar Pradesh and none of its official has been sent to Gorakhpur.”


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