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Ajmer Dargah blast case: NIA clears Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Indresh Kumar

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar, have been cleared of their alleged role in 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast by the NIA.

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [Published on:03 Apr 2017, 6:46 PM]
Three persons were killed and at least 15 others injured in- India Tv
Photo: FILE PHOTO Three persons were killed and at least 15 others injured in 2007 Ajmer blast

Four people, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar, have been cleared of their alleged role in 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), according to the final report filed by the agency.

The NIA, India's premiere agency that investigates terror-related cases, couldn’t find enough evidence to build a case against the four, the closure report submitted before the special NIA court in Jaipur said.

“The NIA filed the closure report against Sadhvi Pragya Singh, Indresh Kumar, and two more men, Prince and Rajendra, in the Ajmer Dargah blast case. The court will decide on April 17 whether it will accept the report,” public prosecutor Ashwini Sharma was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.

Sadhvi has been a suspect in the 2008 Malegaon bombing that killed seven people.

Three persons were killed and at least 15 others injured when a bomb exploded at around 6.15 p.m. on October 11, 2007 inside the premises of the historic shrine of Sufi Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti.

Initially, police had blamed Islamist terror groups for the blast, but later a confession by Swami Aseemanand shifted the focus of the probe towards Hindutva groups.


                             

Aseemanand, has, however been acquitted along with six others by a special NIA court in Jaipur.

The court convicted three people in the case --  Bhavesh Patel, Devendra Gupta and Sunil Joshi (now dead) -- and sentenced two of them to life imprisonment. Joshi was murdered in December 2007.

The three were convicted under various sections of IPC, Explosive Substances Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for the bomb attack, which had left three pilgrims dead and 15 others injured.

Among those acquitted were Harshad Solanki, Lokesh Sharma, Mehul Kumar, Mukesh Vasani, Bharat Bhai and Chandrashekar.

Three accused -- Sandeep Dange, Ramchandra and Suresh Nair -- are still absconding, according to the NIA.

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