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Malegaon Blast Case: Lt Col Prasad Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya And Five Others Charged With Terror Conspiracy

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| November 3 , 2018 , 19:21 IST

Lt Col Prasad Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya and five others were charged with terror conspiracy under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and sections of the IPC by a special NIA court, Mumbai in the 2008 Malegaon blasts on Tuesday.

The court read out the order in open court in the presence of all accused in Hindi and said, "The Abhinav Bharat organisation was formed with the common object to spread terrorism and a bomb with RDX was planted on a motorcycle in Malegaon that killed six, injured 101 people and destroyed property."

All the accused have been charged under sections in the Indian Penal Code, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the Indian Explosives Substance Act. They have pleaded not guilty. Lt. Col Purohit addressed the court and said, "My integrity was never questioned and I never expected it to happen this way."

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Six people were killed and over 100 injured when an explosive device strapped on a motorcycle went off near a mosque in Malegaon, a town about 200 km from Mumbai in North Maharashtra, on September 29, 2008.

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The court is expected to begin the recording of evidence and commence the trial on November 1, 2018.