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Thackeray defends sadhvi Pragya, flays ATS
November 12, 2008 15:39 IST
After declaring his intention to defend 'Sadhvi' Pragya Thakur, an accused in Malegaon blasts, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray [Images] on Wednesday charged the state Anti-Terrorism Squad with torturing the suspects in the case and trampling upon human rights.
"On the pretext of investigation, the ATS officials are riding roughshod adopting arbitrary methods while dealing with the suspects. If a similar posture was adopted in case of Muslim suspects, the likes of Gurudas Kamat (Congress campaign committee chief in Mumbai) would have raised a hue and cry on violation of human rights," Thackeray said in the editorial of party mouthpiece Saamana.
Taking strong exception to the investigating methods of Maharashtra ATS, Thackeray alleged that a telecom engineer picked up by the squad for interrogation was subjected to third degree treatment, paraded in public and later let off.
Thackeray said the ATS should also find out the source of money that flows from foreign countries to finance Muslim terrorists in India.
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