Terrorism

Chargesheet filed against Pragya in Joshi murder case

RSS activist Sunil Joshi was killed by his own men including Malegaon blast accused Pragya Thakur in order to wipe out evidence. A chargesheet filed against Pragya on 1 March at a local court in Dewas by Madhya Pradesh police says that she was the mastermind behind the murder of Sunil Joshi. The other accused in the murder of Joshi are Anand Raj Kataria, Harshad Solanki, Vasudev Parmer and Ramchandra Patel. Pragya is already in custody under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the Malegaon blast case.

The chargesheet claims that on 29 December 2007 when Joshi was murdered, Pragya was in Indore and her mobile call records showed that she was in constant touch with the alleged murderers. Chargesheet also says that Pragya decided to eliminate Joshi as she was frightened by his growing influence in Dewas and also because his visibility might lead to his arrest in the Pyar Singh Nenama murder case. She feared that if arrested he may divulge important information of the blasts. She was also furious with Joshi for ‘misbehaving’ with her during the Sabri Kumbh in February 2006.

According to the chargesheet, another reason that provoked the accused to kill Joshi was the ill-treatment he meted out to Harshad, Mehul, Rakesh and Ustad, absconders of the Best Bakery case in which 14 people were burnt alive at Vadodara on 1 March, 2002, at the height of post-Godhra communal violence in Gujarat. The other four hiding with Joshi in Dewas, were often abused by him. Chargesheet also claims that Sunil Joshi’s murder was pre-planned and he was shot by Harshad Solanki in the presence of others at an abandoned brick kiln where he was lured to.

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

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