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January 29, 2009 20:25 IST

With the Mumbai [Images] Anti-Terrorism Squad deciding to question Shri Ram Sena founder, Pramod Muthalik more details on the mysterious Pravin Muthalik, who finds a mention in the Malegaon probe, are likely to emerge.

The ATS which said that it would question Pramod Muthalik in connection with the Malegaon case would try and get more information on Pravin Muthalik, who has been termed as a technical expert and the man who allegedly planted the bomb with two others at Malegaon.

It was rumoured that Pravin and Pramod were brothers. However the Pramod Muthalik camp denies this and says that there is no connection between the two.

According to investigators, Pravin played a major role in the Malegaon blasts [Images] case. As of now the ATS has sketchy details regarding Pravin. It is said that the man is believed to be hiding in Karnataka and is a chartered accountant by profession.

An investigating officer told that Pravin was present in Malegaon along with two other accused at the time of the blasts. Further it is also claimed that Pravin was introduced by Sadhvi Pragya [Images] Singh Thakur to Lieutenant Colonel Srikant Purohit. Following this Pravin met Purohit on several occasions and also allegedly attended the meeting in which the Malegaon conspiracy was hatched.

The ATS is also trying to ascertain whether Pravin was the man who planted the bomb on the two-wheeler. Sources said that they would try and ascertain whether there is any connection between the Shri Ram Sena founder Pramod and Pravin Muthalik.

Nabbing Pravin Muthalik is extremely crucial to the interrogation since he could provide clues regarding the whereabouts of Ramji and Dange, the two other persons who are believed to planted the bomb at Malegaon.

The ATS is also relying heavily on the narco-analysis and interrogation of Lt Col Purohit who had said that Pravin was a member of the Abhinav Bharat and had also played an active part in the Malegaon blast.

Meanwhiel, Pramod Muthalik who was produced before a Mangalore court in connection with the pub attack incident said he had nothing to do with the Malegaon case. In an interview with a few months back he had said that his outfit was training youth to fight against terror and denied that they were into any sort of subversive activity.

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