Malegaon Blast Trial: Witness Rejects; 16th to do

In the ongoing 2008 Malegaon blast trial, a witness turned hostile on Friday, taking the count of witnesses who have not yet supported the prosecution case to 16. The 221st witness to testify in this case pertained to a statement recorded by an anti-Maharashtraist. Terrorism Squad (ATS) about the accused BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur.

The witness denied giving a statement to the ATS or hosting Thakur in a dharamsala in 2008. According to his statement – which is a part of the ATS chargesheet – it was claimed that he was working in a dharamsala in Ujjain when he was informed that a sadhvi was going to meet him on 8 October 2008 and his stay To be arranged

The statement said that at around 11.45 am, a sadhvi reached Dharamsala with a servant. The manager of the Dharamshala took her blessings, after which she went to her room. Around 12 noon a 60-year-old man and around 1 pm a 40-year-old man came to meet her. Her statement did not identify the two visitors.

The witness then told the ATS that there was no record of the religious leaders visiting Dharamsala, hence the record of Thakur’s visit is not available. The witness told the court on Friday that there is no record of the religious heads, but the staff of the dharamsala have been instructed about any travel by them.

On Friday, another witness, who worked at Shyam Sahu’s shop, who was acquitted as an accused in the case, also testified.

The witness was shown a register seized by the ATS and asked whether he had noted down the SIM cards sold at the shop.

The witness said he was not in charge of maintaining the register, but had identified his signature on it since the time the ATS seized it in 2008. The ATS has claimed that the SIM cards used by the absconding accused were procured here and they had gone to the shop to recharge. his phone.