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Senior RSS leader named in Ajmer blast chargesheet

October 23, 2010 15:03 IST

A senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader's name figures in the chargesheet filed by the Rajasthan Anti-Terrorist Squad against five accused in the 2007 Ajmer blast.

Indresh Kumar, the RSS leader, was present at a secret meeting held in a Gujarati guesthouse in Jaipur on October 31, 2005, in which six other functionaries of the outfit were also present, the 806-page chargesheet filed before a court in Ajmer on Friday said.

ATS sources said Indresh has not been made an accused in the case as further investigation is underway to ascertain whether he had any links with the blast.

Refuting any involvement in the blast, Kumar said, "it is a political conspiracy against me. Investigating agencies have been misused. The present government protects the traitors and wages a war against patriots. I will fight this injustice in court".

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, "The truth has come out and the RSS should accept it. Later, the background of its leaders whose names have appeared and their links will come out. One should trust the judiciary that the truth will come out and those guilty will be punished."

The five accused in the chargesheet include Devendra Gupta, allegedly linked to radical Hindu group Abhinav Bharat. They have been charged with murder and defiling a place of worship.

The chargesheet was filed by the Anti-Terrorist Squad in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Jagendra Kumar Jain in connection with the blast on the premises of the dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti that left three persons dead and 15 others injured.

Gupta and the other two accused in the case -- Lokesh Sharma and Chander Shekhar Lave -- are in judicial custody. The accused have been charged with sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 120B (conspiracy) and 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship) of IPC among others.

Two other accused -- Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangre --are absconding while another accused Sunil Joshi died during the course of investigation, according to ATS officer Satyendra Singh who filed the charge sheet. The prosecution has cited 133 witnesses.

The court has fixed October 26 for arguments on the charge sheet.

Gupta, who is believed to have links with Hindu group Abhinav Bharat, was arrested in April this year when he had come to meet his ailing mother here.

Officials had been probing Gupta's alleged links with Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a key accused in the Malegaon blast case. The ATS had arrested Chandra Shekhar from Madhya Pradesh.

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