Terrorism

Alphabet of terror: Best Bakery to Dargah

Jaipur: The Rajasthan ATS now believes that all the four accused in the 2002 Best Bakery case in Vadodara were involved in Ajmer Dargah blast too. Three of them – Ramesh, Jayanti and Mahesh Gohil belong to the same family and have been absconding since 2004. The fourth – Harshad Solanki, was arrested by the ATS on November 1 last year.

The home department has received a proposal from the ATS suggesting a reward of 5 lakh for information on each of the Gohils as they are suspected to be the transporters of bombs to Dargah. The blast at Best Bakery had claimed 14 lives. The local court had acquitted all the 22 accused persons. However, the Mumbai High Court, later reopened the case. While 18 could be arrested, four absconded. These four accused were tutored by Sunil Joshi who was also eliminated (allegedly by Harshad Solanki) in 2007.

Solanki was involved in the construction of the (Ajmer) bomb while the other three met Joshi in Godhra just days before the blast and they ferried the bomb to Ajmer. The car has already been recovered by the ATS.

In April-May 2010, Devendra Gupta, Chandra Shekhar and Lokesh Sharma were arrested in connection with the Dargah blast. After Harshad Solanki’s arrest; Mukesh Vasani was also arrested on 4 Nov. Gupta and Sharma were accused in Mecca Masjid blast too. Further investigation brought Swami Aseemanand into their net. Two other accused, Ramji Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange are still at large in addition to the three Gohil brothers.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2011 on page no. 9

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