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Feb 26, 2011 at 04:05pm IST

Pragya arrested in ex-RSS leader murder case

Bhopal: Malegaon bomb blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur has been made an accused and arrested in the murder of former Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh 'pracharak' (preacher) Sunil Joshi. Pragya was arrested by Madhya Pradesh Police on Friday in Mumbai where she has been undergoing treatment in JJ hospital.

Sources say that she had visited Sunil Joshi before his murder and reportedly tired to destroy some evidence.

"The Madhya Pradesh Police moved an application in the special MCOCA court here, and after taking the court's permission they placed Sadhvi under arrest in the Sunil Joshi murder case," Rohini Salian, Special Public Prosecutor, said in Mumbai

"It is just a formal arrest. She would be taken to MP after they make transportation arrangements," Pragya's lawyer advocate Ganesh Sovani said.

Madhya Pradesh Police have alleged that Joshi masterminded the blasts in Ajmer and Hyderbad's Mecca Masjid, and was later killed by his own associates on December 29, 2007 in Dewas (Madhya Pradesh).

Pragya was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad for being allgedly involved in the on September 29, 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case in which five people were killed.

Sixty-eight people were killed when bombs went off in two coaches of Samjhauta Express, running between Delhi and Lahore, around midnight on February 18, 2007 at Diwana near Panipat, 80 km north of Delhi.

Pragya, an alleged member of right-wing Hindu group Abhinav Bharat, has already moved the Supreme Court challenging her prosecution under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the Malegaon blast case.

The Bombay High Court had earlier reversed special court's order quashing application of MCOCA against her in the blast case, following which she filed appeal in the apex court.

Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad has so far arrested 12 persons in Malegaon case.

(With inputs from PTI)

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