Terrorism

Bombs for Ajmer were made in Indore, transported by Joshi

NIA after taking over the Ajmer blast probe from Rajasthan ATS in its first supplementary chargesheet has said that the bombs used in the Ajmer blast were assembled in Indore and then taken to Godhra and Ajmer by slain RSS activist Sunil Joshi. According to NIA five people from Godhra took the bombs to Ajmer in the wee hours on 11 October 2007 where the explosion took place. The NIA claims that Swami Aseemaanand was the ideologue of the group who facilitated with logistic, financial and moral support to the terrorist. The main points of the Chargesheet filed by the NIA as per Indian Express on 9 May are: 1. Sunil Joshi used a Santro car (MP 43 C 0903) owned by one Anand Raj Kataria to carry the bombs from Dewas to Godhra. Kataria is currently under arrest for Sunil Joshi’s murder. The four pipe bombs were assembled by Ramji Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange at the former’s residence in Indore. Two of them were used in Ajmer and the remaining in blasts at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad. 2. Sleuths say Gupta arranged the detonators and kept them at Mihijam. “After obtaining the SIM cards and mobile phones, Dange, Kalsangra and Joshi prepared four pipe bombs fitted with the SIM cards and mobile phones. 3. Two bombs were sent from Godhra using several modes of transport. “On October 10, 2007, Joshi, Mehul and one Sunny came to Godhra at the house of Vasani in a Santro car. They handed over two bags containing bombs to one Bhavesh Patel (absconding). Joshi left for Dewas in the car after delivery of the bombs while Mehul, Bhavesh, Vasani, Suresh Nayar and Sunny (both absconding) travelled in a private bus from Godhra to Baroda and then in a private bus from Baroda to Udaipur. 4. They went to Pushkar and came back at 5 pm to the Ajmer bus stand. An autoricksaw was hired from the bus stand to Ajmer Dargah from 16 Khamba Gate. The bomb at Aahat-e-noor was planted by Sunny and at Ebata Khana, the bomb was planted by Mehul. After this, all five came out of the dargah and triggered the blasts.
MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2011 on page no. 11

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