On 29 September 2008, at least seven were killed and over 70 injured when a bomb tied to a motorcycle exploded in Nashik’s Malegaon town.
On 29 September 2008, at least seven were killed and over 70 injured when a bomb tied to a motorcycle exploded in Nashik’s Malegaon town. (Photo: Altered by The Quint)
  • 1. What Is the Trial About?
  • 2. What Were the 2008 Malegaon Blasts?
  • 3. Who Were the Prime Accused?
  • 4. Who Was Heading the Investigation?
  • 5. Why Were They Granted Bail?
  • 6. What’s the Current Status of the Case?
Malegaon Blasts Case Explained: Lt Purohit, Sadhvi to Face Trial

(This Explainer has been republished in light of an NIA special court framing charges against Lt Col Prasad Purohit and all other accused in the Malegaon blasts case under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, on Tuesday, 30 October. It was originally published on 15 January 2018.)

  • 1. What Is the Trial About?

    Prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case that killed at least seven people and left over 70 injured will stand trial on stringent terror charges on 15 January.

    A decade ago, the controversial case was used by the Congress government to raise the ‘saffron terror’ alarm. Several accused, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit, have received bail in the meanwhile.

    The investigations were initially conducted by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATI), which was led by 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare. In 2013, it was handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), following an order of the Home Ministry under the UPA government.

    Since then, the case has witnessed roadblocks of conflicting evidence, allegations of political bias, unproven charges by the investigating teams and unconfirmed results.

    In light of the hearing which will take place on Monday, here’s a look back at the Malegaon Blasts of 2008, the controversial case following it, and its journey ever since.

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