Jan 18, 2011

Hindu holy man Aseemanand in custody over India blasts

 BBC,13 January 2011 Last updated at 14:31 GMT

Hindu holy man Aseemanand in custody over India blasts

Swami Aseemanand (left) allegedly wanted revenge for attacks by Muslim militants on India
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 An Indian court has remanded in custody a Hindu holy man accused of a string of bomb attacks previously thought to be the work of Muslim militants.

Swami Aseemanand allegedly admitted to placing bombs on a train to Pakistan, at a Sufi shrine and at a mosque.

He has also allegedly confessed to carrying out two assaults on the southern Indian town of Malegaon, which has a large Muslim population.

He has been remanded in custody for the four attacks until 27 January.

Police say that Mr Aseemanand gave them details of his role in the mosque attack in the city of Hyderabad in 2007 in addition to attacks on a graveyard in Malegaon and a Sufi shrine in Ajmer.

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