From: Vinod Kumar Gupta < >
She was arrested on fictitious charges of plotting a conspiracy to carry out Malegaon blasts of September 2008 in the Malegaon region of Nashik district of Maharashtra that had left 4 dead and around 80 injured.
On TV, Sadhvi explained the manner in which she was tortured and abused by government officials. She was brutally beaten by male officers with a broad expeller belt, day and night for more than three weeks. Her arms and legs were swollen, which were then immersed in salty warm water, and the beatings resumed. Filthy abuses were turned at her. She was forced to hear objectionable CDs. She was manhandled so she could make a wrong statement of “confession”. This was done in an attempt to implicate senior RSS leaders. Sadhvi also mentioned that she was tortured through sleep deprivation as well which caused her to experience immense psychological trauma as a consequence.
There is no credible evidence that could prove that Sadhvi owned the motorcycle at time of the blast. It is super-ridiculous that police diary entry mentioned the motorcycle was owned by Sadhvi before the motor cycle company gave estimated registration numbers to police for investigation around ownership.
The lead counsel who represented her, Avinash Gupta, proves Sadhvi is innocent and it is tragic she had to see eight years of extreme animal behavior of policemen. Her appeals of bail were repeatedly rejected even though NIA had failed to find conclusive evidence against her. The fourth appeal rejected in trial court was challenged by Avinash in High court. On studying the facts, Avinash wondered why she did not get bail within half an hour in the first instance itself as Sadhvi met all the criteria needed.
Nashik Rural Police found that a fake number plate was used to ascertain ownership. On 7 October 2008, Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) at Nashik said that they were unable to decipher the chassis number. Three possible engine numbers were forwarded to the motorcycle manufacturing company LML. After about a month, in November, LML said that they did not manufacture any of those three numbers but gave two closely matching numbers. One of which was linked to the motorcycle Sadhvi once owned. All this is not considered reliable evidence since these were based on only estimations. Also, the station diary entry of the police mentioned the registration number belonging to Sadhvi on 11 October 2008. LML gave closing matching numbers in November 2008. This means this was a ploy.
ATS tortured innocent individuals to give wrong statements about the hatching of conspiracy. Some of them even approached National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) with their complaint against the ATS. There is no institutional involvement of any organization or a big figure. However, on the other side it is heard that there is a big fund running in the range of over 100 crore rupees that is used to defend people who are suspected to have been wrongly accused of terror charges based on their religion. Sadhvi did not have any such institutional support.
We request the Prime Minister of India to please answer her questions so she finds some solace and comes of the emotional, physical, and spiritual trauma. She cannot walk on her legs but with the support of humane values she can still raise her head high with self-respect which was beaten ruthlessly for eight endless years.
3. February 10 2013, Panchajanya.
Naya ganj, Ghaziabad