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Malegaon accused doesn't want bail

On Tuesday, the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court granted bail to two accused in the case, Sudhakar Chaturvedi and Sudhakar Dhar Diwedi, on cash surety of Rs 5 lakh each.

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Malegaon accused doesn't want bail
Rakesh Dhawade
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While others accused in the 2008 Malegaon Blast case have been filing bail pleas in court, in a curious case, Rakesh Dhawade says he does not wish to be released on bail and is happy with confinement. Dhawade says he wants to complete his research work on weapons and armour, and jail is the only place he can think peacefully.

On Tuesday, the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court granted bail to two accused in the case, Sudhakar Chaturvedi and Sudhakar Dhar Diwedi, on cash surety of Rs 5 lakh each.

"Now that everyone has applied for bail," says advocate Nita Dhawade, his sister and lawyer, "I thought even I should apply for his bail. We were sure that on the grounds of merits of the case, I could get him out of the jail. However, he refused."

Dhawade, who is lodged in Taloja jail, has been researching the manufacture of arms and armour for nine years. Ironically, he was arrested for unauthorised or illegal purchase and sale of firearms to accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit, allegedly for the purpose of terror activities.

"He says that his basic needs of food and shelter are taken care of by the State," says Nita, "and due to solitary confinement, he is away from any intrusions. He said that he needs peace of mind, which he will not get once he is released, as he will get busy with family responsibilities. Rakesh does not have too many expectations. He believes in simple living and high thinking."

She says his interest in weaponry comes from their forefathers, who were part of Shivaji Maharaj's army. "When you ask him about a weapon," she elaborates, "he sees it as a piece of creativity, not violence. His idea is to create awareness for the next generation. He says research on armament has always been neglected due to lack of interest and due to the false perception that it is directly related only to war and violence."

Dhawade believes one must change this viewpoint and help people see history in its true form and understand the ways in which its various aspects interact with each other and co-exist in harmony. He hopes his research will help do this.

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