Pattern to Malegaon witnesses turning hostile: Chidambaram

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Former home minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said there was a pattern in the Malegaon blast witnesses turning hostile, especially after the NDA government came to power.

“Of course there is a pattern in it. How do witnesses turn hostile after the new government is in place? And why tarnish the memory of a martyred police officer who is known for his impeccable record, integrity and honesty?” Chidambaram told media persons, referring to then ATS chief Hemant Karkare, killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, who initially led the probe and named 14 accused.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) gave a clean chit to Malegaon blast key accused Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur and five others, dropping terror charges against them and paving the way for their early release from prison.

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On the allegations that the home ministry under the UPA government was working in tandem with Lashkar-e-Taiba, Chidambaram sarcastically said: “Yes, we were having breakfast with Lashkar and then invited them over for dinner too. These are irresponsible statements.”



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