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ATS misleading people, says Himani Savarkar

ATS misleading people, says Himani Savarkar

Author: Vaidehi Sachin
Publication: The Times of India
Date: January 24, 2009

Abhinav Bharat president Himani Savarkar told this newspaper that the Maharashtra ATS' contention that the Malegaon blast conspiracy was discussed in her presence by Lt Col Prasad Purohit in April 2008 in Bhopal was a 'pack of lies.'

Savarkar, who was questioned by ATS last month, has been reportedly quoted in the chargesheet againt the Malegaon accused as saying that she walked out of a closed door meeting attended by AB members as she was opposed to violent methods. The ATS has not made Savarkar an accused in the case, citing her as a witness in the chargesheet.

The ATS was making misleading statements based on her questioning, said Himani "When r was speaking, it was being recorded on a computer. But r was not shown the contents of my statement arid r never signed it," she added.

Savarkar said she had attended only an 'Aamsabha' (general meeting of AB in Bhopal) and not any closed door conclave which allegedly referred to the use of RDX by the accused in Malegaon.

She also said she was not aware if any of the members had collected funds or donations in the name of Abhinav Bharat, which has been linked to the blast that killed six persons and injured over 70.

Savarkar said she knew Kulkarni for one and half years as a full time worker of RSS. "Kulkarni used to frequent my house in Pune because of my links with the Savarkar family. I had agreed to take over as the President of Abhinav Bharat, as the group was involved in social activities, and had no political forum. The aims and objectives of the group include an undivided _ India, fundamental changes in the education system and that all persons living in the country are 'Hindustani'- irrespective of their religions.

The ATS yesterday filed a 4,300 page charge sheet in a special court against 14 accused, 11 of them arrested, in the Malegaon blast case. Among those chargesheeted are Sadhvi Pragya, Lt. Col. Purohit and Dayanand Pandey.

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