Malegaon blasts case: Fadnavis promises probe into suspended cop’s claim on custody deaths

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has promised probe into the allegations by a former officer of the state�s anti-terrorism squad that two key accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case were not missing but had, in fact, been killed by the ATS on November 26, 2008.

Malegaon blasts case: Fadnavis promises probe into suspended cop’s claim on custody deaths

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has promised probe into the allegations by a former officer of the state’s anti-terrorism squad that two key accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case were not missing but had, in fact, been killed by the ATS on November 26, 2008.

Suspended assistant police inspector Mahiboob Mujawar had claimed that two of the main accused in the case - Ramchandra Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange - were killed in custody by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad and their bodies disposed of as victims of the Mumbai terror attacks.


The National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing the 2008 Malegaon blasts, has told a special court that it will investigate claims of the officer.

Fadnavis said the government will verify if the claims by the suspended police officer, Mehboob Mujawar, are true. “We will look into the entire episode. We will have to check why no inquiry was conducted if the officer had written to the then director general of police in 2009,” he said.

Mujawar claimed he had written to the DGP in 2009, claiming two accused – Sandip Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra -- were killed by the ATS and later shown as absconding.

The Congress and Nationalist Congress Party have demanded a probe. “The government should conduct an immediate probe to check the veracity of the allegations. Although our government was in power at that time, it is not clear if then home minister RR Patil was apprised of the facts by the police,” said Nawab Malik, NCP spokesman.