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4 accused get bail in Malegaon 2006 blast case

Lokesh Sharma, Manohar Nawaria, Rajendra Choudhary and Dhan Singh have been in jail since their arrest in 2013.

4 accused get bail in Malegaon 2006 blast case
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MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Friday granted bail to four accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case.

Lokesh Sharma, Manohar Nawaria, Rajendra Choudhary and Dhan Singh have been in jail since their arrest in 2013.

They shall attend the special court on each day during the trial and shall not tamper with evidence or contact witnesses,” the bench said. The applicants shall be released on cash bail of Rs 50,000.

The four accused had applied for bail in the High Court in 2016, after their earlier bail pleas were rejected by a Special Court.

On September 8, 2006 during Friday afternoon prayers around 1 p.m., bombs planted on bicyles went off near the Hamidiya Mosque killing 37 people and injuring over 150 others. The incident sent shock-waves in the Muslim-dominated powerloom town in Nashik.

Two years later on September 29, 2008, the town was shaken by another blast that was allegedly masterminded by Hindu fanatic groups, the trial for which is currently underway.

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