Sunday, May 2, 2010

Brain behind Ajmer blast identified

The Anti-Terrorism Squad of Rajasthan is working on the theory that there is a link between the group which carried out the bomb blast at Ajmer Dargah in October 2007 and the forces behind the Malegaon blast almost a year later as well as the explosions at the Makkah Masjid in Hyderabad. It has identified the contacts and after their recent arrests is in hot pursuit of the person who manufactured the bomb used in the blast at Ahat-e-Noor on the Dargah premises.

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One more held in dargah blast case

JAIPUR/AJMER: One more accused in the Ajmer dargah blast, identified as Vishnu Prasad, has been arrested from Khardon area of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. The Rajasthan ATS team has brought the accused to Jaipur. It had arrested two accused earlier --Devendra Gupta and Chandra Shekhar. Meanwhile, the ATS has filed an application before the chief judicial magistrate, Ajmer, requesting permission to conduct a narco test on Devendra Gupta as possibilities of the same module behind Ajmer the dargah blasts of October 11, 2007 and Hyderabad blast of May 18,2007 could not be ruled out. Sources said that Chandra Shekhar had given a sim card to Vishnu Prasad which was bought using fake ID documents. Chandra Shekhar had used the same sim card in his mobile phone and the card had been used to trigger the Ajmer dargah blasts. "We had interrogated Vishnu Prasad in October 2009 at Sujanpur in Madhya Pradesh when we came to know that Chandra Shekhar had given the sim card to him. Vishnu Prasad was arrested on Saturday," said an ATS officer. Vishnu is a relative of Chandra Shekhar and was involved in planning the Ajmer dargah blast which claimed three lives and injured 30 others. "We will interrogate him for more information," said the officer. According to sources, those involved in Hyderabad Mecca Masjid blast was also involved in the Ajmer dargah blasts. "Preliminary investigations suggest that Sushil Joshi, Devendra Gupta and a few others might be involved in Hyderabad blasts also," said a home department officer. Investigations suggest that Sushil Joshi, who was an RSS pracharak in Madhya Pradesh, was the mastermind behind Ajmer dargah blasts while Devendra Gupta and Chandra Shekhar were his accomplices. Joshi was murdered in Devas district of Madhya Pradesh two months after Ajmer blasts. Sources said that Devendra gave many leads to the investigating team, but the ATS suspects that Devendra, who was an RSS pracharak in Jharkhand, and had links with alleged right wing organization Abhinav Bharat, is still hiding information. "Some high profile people might be involved in Ajmer dargah blasts and we need this to be confirmed by Devendra as he was in touch with Sadhvi Pragya Singh and other Abhinav Bharat activists," said a source.

source:TNN, May 2, 2010, 07.53am IST

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