Terrorism

Indresh, Pragya figure as suspects in NIA chargesheet on Ajmer blast

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Jaipur: RSS leader Indresh Kumar and Sadhvi Pragya Singh have been mentioned as suspects in the Ajmer blast case in a supplementary chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a special court here on July 18. The chargesheet states that Kumar, in a secret meeting in Jaipur’s Gujarati Samaj guest house, had addressed late Sunil Kumar along with Lokesh Sharma, Ramji Kalsangra, Sandeep Dange and Pragya on October 31, 2005. He had, as per the chargesheet, asked these people to work by associating themselves with some religious organisation so as to avoid suspicion.

In October 2010, the Rajasthan anti-terror squad (ATS) had also named Indresh Kumar in their chargesheet, but he was not made an accused as the investigation was underway.

NIA lawyer Arjun Amblapattam said, “Investigation is still on. We can’t be sure about what will come next, so we can’t be sure about who is going to be chargesheeted again, or who is going to be involved in it again.”

On the other side, Kumar’s counsel J. S. Rana said, “They are constantly levelling such false allegations. They don’t have any evidence against him otherwise why would they file three chargesheets. He is not guilty.”

Hindutva extremist Swami Aseemanand, along with Sandeep Dange, Bhawesh Bhai, Mehul, Suresh Bhai, Ramchander, Bharat Bhai and Sunil Joshi (now dead), was charged with murder and carrying out terrorist activities by the NIA in the second chargesheet filed in connection with the 2007 Ajmer shrine blast case on July 18. Earlier, Harshad Solanki and Mukesh Vaasaani had been chargesheeted in the same case.

The Rajasthan ATS, which had probed the case before handing it over to the NIA in April 2011, had earlier chargesheeted Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma and Chandrashekar Levae in the same case.

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 August 2011 on page no. 11

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