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Malegaon blast: 'Harassed' M'lore youth to sue NIA

February 22, 2012 13:57 IST

The two youth from Belthangady near Mangalore who were questioned by the National Investigating Agency over their alleged involvement in the Malegaon blast, have decided to move the state human rights commission alleging harassment -- both physical and mental.

It is also alleged that the officials of the NIA had harassed members of their family.

At a press conference in Mangalore, a member of the Sanathan Sanstha N Madhava informed the media that the duo was harassed mentally and physically by a NIA team.

The youth who were questioned by the NIA happen to be related to a person by the name Jayaprakash alias Anna, a resident of Puttur. He has a reward of Rs 25,000 on his head and is said to be a wanted in the Malegaon case.

His role has also been probed in the Goa blast case as well and the NIA is looking to see if the two cases had any connection.

The NIA has been trying to elicit more information on Anna who is a resident of House No 2-116, Balthia House, Nooji Balthilap Post-Puttur, Dakshina Kannada, Puttur 574221.

The name of this person also figures in the most wanted list put out by the NIA. He has been termed as a proclaimed offender by the agency.

It is said that both the youth, who are brothers, were living with Anna in Goa and hence they could have known about his whereabouts. It is also said that Anna had married a relative of the two youth.

The investigators have not found any link as of now between the blasts and the two youth. It appears that they were only trying to get information on Anna and his whereabouts.

Jayaprakash is said to be a member of Sanathan Sanstha which has been blamed for the Goa blasts case. The NIA which is seeking clues into the various blasts allegedly carried out by 'Hindu extremists' is also trying to find a link with the Goa blasts case.

Abhay Vartak, the chief of the Sanathan Sanstha, however, denied any link. When asked about Anna and his association with the organisation, he said he is not aware of this person.

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Vicky Nanjappa