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NIA to take all Hindu terror cases to their logical end: Chidambaram

The Centre has handed over the Malegaon and Mecca Masjid blast cases to NIA. In order to transfer all Hindu terror cases to NIA, the home ministry has sent a notification to the law ministry to get its nod which will facilitate a speedy transfer of all the cases. The Home ministry wants to hand over all Hindu terror cases to the NIA to fast track investigations. The law ministry is at present looking into all the cases that need to be transferred by the states to NIA. The Madhya Pradesh government is reluctant to hand over the Sunil Joshi murder case to the NIA and has claimed that there is no terror angle in the Joshi case. Home Minister P Chidambaram said, “Sunil Joshi is not a case to be transferred. It is a little more complicated. The NIA have to apply in the court under different sections of the Act. They will apply to the court.”

The MP government holds that the very issue of handing over the case to NIA is a violation of constitutional provisions on Centre-state relations. According to the home ministry the NIA is likely to file a supplementary chargesheet soon by using provisions given in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act that would allow it to take over the case from the Madhya Pradesh Police. Chidambaram while presenting his ministry’s report card for the month of March at a press conference on 1 April in New Delhi, said on Assemanand’s u turn from his earlier confession that the credibility of the NIA is more than that of Aseemanand and he believed that the agency would take the case to its logical end.

NIA investigating the Samjhauta blast has revealed that Swami Dayanand Pandey had asked Lt Col Srikant Purohit to supply explosives for the blast. The NIA report, which is with the home ministry, says that Pandey had telephonically asked Purohit to provide RDX to Ramji Kalsangre and Sandeep Dange for the Samjhauta blast. The crux of the NIA findings as per Mail Today of 2 April is:

  1. Attacks in Ajmer Sharif, Mecca Masjid and Samjhauta Express are likely to have been carried out by the same group.
  2. Samjhauta bombs were made of PETN, TNT, RDX, sulphur and potassium chlorate and radicals of nitrite - adding credence that Purohit had supplied these explosives.
  3. The Maharashtra ATS, too, had made this claim in 2008 before a court but later backtracked.
  4. The recovery of the pieces of newspaper of Jharkhand, iron pipe and low intensity explosive from the scene of crime indicates the possibility that the perpetrators of the terrorist attack in Ajmer Sharif, Mecca Masjid and Samjhauta Express blast are the same. It is therefore very important to locate and interrogate Kalsangra and Dange.
  5. The report clearly says that Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Sunil Joshi, Kalsangra, Dange and Pandey are “either involved in this crime or have knowledge about the accused involved in the blast on the Samjhauta Express.” The probe report also indicates that even the Haryana Police were convinced about the role of Hindutva terror elements in the Samjhauta blasts when they probed the case till 2010. The report adds that the Haryana Police had got some leads regarding the involvement of Hindu extremist group, Abhinav Bharat, in the blasts.
  6. The NIA report has mentioned seven shops - all in Indore - from where the Samjhauta bombers purchased the suitcases, plastic bottles, watch, iron pipe, printed circuit board and 6 volt battery used in the blasts.

The seven cases which the NIA will investigate are:

1. Malegaon bomb blast that took place in the year 2006.
2. Samjhauta Express blast in 2007. 3. Mecca Masjid blast in 2007. 4. Ajmer Sharif blast in 2007. 5. Malegaon blast in 2008. 6. Modasa blast in 2008. 7. Sunil Joshi murder in 2007.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 11

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