Five Muslims were killed in a powerful blast in the communally sensitive textile town of Malegaon in Maharashtra and one Muslim boy was killed in the explosion in Modasa in Sabarkantha district.
Both bombs were placed on motorcycles parked in crowded areas days before Eid and set off after Muslims had broken their Ramzan fast on a Monday evening.
The BJP had condemned both the blasts. Investigators initially suspected Islamist groups such as SIMI or the Indian Mujahideen to be behind the near-simultaneous attacks — the first blast was at Modasa at 9.26 pm, the second minutes later in Malegaon — as they came in the aftermath of blasts in Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Delhi.
Besides, the motorcycle in Malegaon was parked below the now-defunct first floor office of SIMI while the one used in Modasa had Islamic stickers on its seat.
However, investigators found that these were apparently attempts by the attackers to mislead them, the sources said.
The breakthrough, they said, came when they traced the origin of the two-wheeler used in Malegaon. The vehicle used was a LML Freedom brand although some of its parts had been cannibalised from other vehicles and the chassis and engine numbers had been erased.
But with this brand out of production, dealer records and help from forensic experts led the probe to Gujarat, the sources said.
The motorcycle was allegedly owned by a man with an “ABVP background” there while the attackers belonged to the Hindu Jagran Manch with its headquarters based out of the office of an NGO in Indore, investigators found.
Top Maharashtra police officials confirmed the breakthrough but refused to go on record due to the sensitivities involved, adding that Central agencies were aware of the development.
The blast in Malegaon had sparked mob violence as angry Muslims targeted the local police and grievously injured the first policemen to arrive at the site, including a probationary IPS officer.
The attack came two years to the month when three bombs had exploded in and around a mosque in the town and killed 37 people, mostly Muslim worshippers.
That attack was blamed on SIMI and nine men were arrested but the trial has been stayed by the Supreme Court.
I am watching this incident in Bombay and at the same time, I was inquisitive about an incident, which occurred on Sept 29, 2008, known “Malegaon Blast”. In that case, an Indian Army Lt. Col. is involved with Hindu Fundamentalist activities. He is under arrest and the person who was conducting the case is the DIG of Maharashtra - ATS (Anti Terrorist Squad), Mr. Hemant Karkare. As you know, Mr. Karkare has been killed along with two other high-ranking police officers in this Bombay shooting. That Lt. Col. has several meeting in one private military school, which is run by RSS prior to this “Malegaon Blast”. ATS was closing in on several high profile RSS leader and some Hindu spiritual leaders; one of them is already in custody. Mr. Karkare was closing in and his killing at this time, I think it raises some eyebrow. It could be that other fundamentalist groups are involved but suspicion should also go to RSS, I think they are into something big. It is a very big co-incident.
India is next USSR just wait and see how this country will fall apart if not rule by sane people
Hey Smita, wish I knew you - I would have taken you in a tour of the muslim world and trust me after seeing that world - I dont know about you - at least an true Indian cannot put up with these Pakistani rats. I am not a hardliner - the problem with me is - I have seen things in fromt of my eyes and heard them on my own ears.Smita - journalism is a good money making occupation and you get a nation wide recognisation but above all you should have a social duty as an true INDIAN (if you are at all), ever gave it a thought?
hi. i know that all these going on and findings are not completely true. however ms. smita has done a good job to make us aware. its not the matter to blame each others relegion or people. please make a request that dont split this country into two. shake hand my friends, take oths and step forward to help ms.smita kind of journalists, so that they can work much better. its not like that she is making her own views, but there is something going on really serious and this is my request to all hindus and muslims and cristians that plzzz help yourself to nail the culprits. around 2000 muslims are immprisioned at the present moment in this country, what you think all r the real culprits? no my dear. most of them are innocent. but unfortunately because of our own disputes they people has to bear it all alone. no body is sopporting them. i have a question Why? this country is not ment for relegions only but for mankind and humanity first. ms.smita appreciate you and plz carry on fact finding
This is shame to our nation, it should be condemned by all parties, the hindu sadus who are trying to create a hinu vote bank by craeting this type of ugly activities
India should give Kashmir independence. Kashmir was never a part of India and the Kashmiries do not want to be Indian. Just as Hyderabad was forcefully annexed on pretext of majority hindu population similarly Kashmir must be allowed independence based on a fair plebicide. Why cant the stupid sang parvar get it thru their numbskulls. This will solve a lot of problems.Eventually they will get independence whether the Indian administration likes it or not as it is a basic right of anyone to live seperately if they want to. Only when the people want the same things can one make progress.
After enduring decades of heinous acts and violent bomb blast from muslim terrorist, true Indians(ie.Hindus) have finally woken up and started pest control its only the beginning of the end of muslim aggression in Hindusthan. Jai Hind
Really Muslim are not terrorist. whoever kills people they have to give punishment, if his name Muslim or Hindu. But treating Muslim community a terrorist people its wrong.
Respected All.Really i am unable to Understand ,seeing this i am feeling ashamed,why dont we Be INDIANS,just INDIANS,I request my all Bretherns to Be INDIANS,Nimma Vishwasi,Hubballi Huduga
mohamed killed 600 jews who did not accept him as a prophet(its recorded in history,i dont want any muslims saying otherwise),catholic religion killed many in inquisition(pope has blood in his hands),hinduism is filled with bloodshed in mahabharath and the caste system...all religion are nonsense,let common sense prevail and religion take a back seat...
Did you get enough publicity Smitha Nair? B'cos we never heard of you before.
99% of the indian journalists are afraid to write the real stories. But Miss. Smitha Nair had done a wonderfull job. U r brave enough. since we are living in a secular and multicultured country (that is our existance), we all are responsible to keep our country's existance. let's join our hands against terrorism. let's love hindus, christians and muslims....
Most of the leading news papers will highlight every attack as done by Muslims , because they all are becoming a part of the pre-planned hidden agenda , started by RSS and BJP.But you , sister Smita , deserves the award for decent journalism. We are Indians , and we will work together to strengthen our nation....We know how Muslims
Sang Parivar and other communal terrorist are the tools of enemy to destroy peace and prospirity of India.While India purchasing wepon from US and Isreal with millions of crose while 80% Indians are strugling for one time food. To hide this terrorism they marketing communal thought among Indian to ease their business without raising any question.We Indian are fool while coroporates gain the deal. India already sold to the most terrorist countries in the world US and Israel
India has sponsored thousands of insurgents/ terrorists to destabilize Pakistan's Northern areas and Balochistan. Indian Army is carrying out genocide of Muslims in Kashmir according to UNSC.India has to put its own house in order before it points fingers at Pakistan for every domestic terrorist attack in the Indian cities.
These type of things should be condemned . its against any civilized society and hindu religions doesn't permits any one to take action on there behalf. same time i strongly condemn ppl who are protesting against batla house encounter. Human life is precious and must be respected under all circumstances
Batla house encounter were planned and executed musim genocide incident. The RSS driven police and Intelligence are behind this. And saffronized Cong too. One must know.. Truth will come out one day. Lets just wait.
Infact, Hindutva is not protecting Hinduism but maligning at the worst level by infliterating hatred and criminalizing Hindu community by spreading violence agianst Muslms and Christians.RSS and all other Hindu right wing organizations serve not any national interests in their policies and it always result in disturbing our communal harmony and thus to distruction of our nation.It is not too late for Hindu brothers to recognize these wolves in got goat skin and act upon at the best of Hindu Dharma which is so noble.
Who told this newspapaers name is Indian express. It is something is publishing anti India exopress.Sorry for your comment to hindus. We ABVP gives highest value to the country.It is a pre plammed conspiracy of suedus to defame right wing parties in India.They just ruined this country into hell.
After lot of proofs and evidence of pre planned terriorism, still you are not accepting the truth. Gujarat, Assam , Kerala and bomb blast, still not accepting? USA has already listed VHP RSS and BD as terriest group, still u r not accepting? Anti nation terriest groups has courage to accept their activities but you ABVP people are worse then them also.
ABVP has no role in malegaon and modasa bomb blastABVP is the biggest and most responsible student organisation of the country.ABVP has no role in malegaon and modasa bomb blast. This is an only a politically motivated conspiracy to blame national organisation like ABVP. ABVP does not have faith in these type of terrorist activities. we are working on the basis of constructive activities like national-wide awareness on national issues and by indicational-agitations to create pressure on governing govts. ABVP demands to conduct investigations on those people who are involved in these type of activities and to take strong action against them. ABVP condemns the move to defame us without any investigation and evidences.
Nice findings.. Just like Sanghis has no hand in Guj, Orissa slaughters.. Keep on posting lies..
I think the media is just rooming against a nationalist organisation like ABVP.Neither the police nor the ATS has declered that ABVP is suspected in this issue.ABVP has no role in malegaon and modasa bomb blastABVP is the biggest and most responsible student organisation of the country.ABVP has no role in malegaon and modasa bomb blast. This is an only a politically motivated conspiracy to blame national organisation like ABVP. ABVP does not have faith in these type of terrorist activities. we are working on the basis of constructive activities like national-wide awareness on national issues and by indicational-agitations to create pressure on governing govts. ABVP demands to conduct investigations on those people who are involved in these type of activities and to take strong action against them. ABVP condemns the move to defame us without any investigation and evidences.
indian media has gone beyond its limits...creating false hypes .....it is a defifinet momement to ease pressure on simi and other terror outfits...what if you would have stretche this news little more...
smita u are the true indian..i am proud of you .terrorist have no religion its our duty to fight them its dosnt matter they are hindu,/ muslim are belong to any other religion..its a beutifull country and smita you are the most brave
The police has not made any official announcement
Finally truth is unveiling and exposing the BJP mentality and their cohorts Hindu Jagran Manch/VHP/RSS/Bajrang Dal work for the last 2 decades for spreading poisonous venom and religious hatred. They should be BANNED immediately...
The conspiracy tp defame ISLAM the fastest growing religion will come to an end as it is written in Holy Quran that" The religion of Truth shall be victorious and prevail over all others", so the conspiracy will soon end INSHAALLAH
Dear Mr. David,Its not the matther of Christianity or Islam. Its the matter of the Religion of Truth. I understand Islam as well as Christianity. But I think you do not understand Islam. Islam is the product of Christianity but after refinement. You may understand that Islam is the refined version of Christianity. This is the Religion of the Truth. Unrefined version of Christianity is certainly not the religion of truth. Hope you understand. Besides, You must be aware that Jesus Christ( Hazrat Eisa PBUH) will reappear and follow ISLAM, the religion of Truth with his own choice.
I had heard that if u donot have guts to make a line short, draw a line longer parellel to existing line. Next job of the government and media should be to blow out this news tohighest extent possible so that rest of the terrorism looks no more than peanuts.We are a great nation with great people inhibiting it.
A conspiracy hatched by Sharad Pawar and his crony R.R. Patil for petty electoral gains.Long ago Romila Thapar wrote Hinduism is learning about violence from Semitic religions.I think Islam is responsible to igniting violence. Muslims helped create Pakistan and now they are working to divide India again. If you want to make the nation strong, get rid of Article 370 that gives Jammu and Kashmir a special status and introduce a uniform civil code for all, including Muslims.
You are seems to be ignorant of India as a multi cultural country. Uniform civil code will also badely affect varios Hindu factions as well, Jains Budhists Ofcourse Islam too with other sects. Your intention is seems to hurt Islam, but indeed it would hurt so many cults. This is the reason now why BJP and it's allies who were advocating Uniform Civil Code before now turned this issue into dustbin. Take care don't hate Muslims and Islam to the extent you start hating Kashmir, green colour, Moon, Minaar, Gumbad etc. and consequently humanity.
Great story, good job Smita.