24 years on, CBI arrests RSS Chennai headquarters blast accused
Investigators were on the hunt for the accused Mushtaq Ahmed since the blast and that an amount of Rs 10 lakh was also announced as a reward for providing information about him.
NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested a key member of Tamil Nadu-based banned terrorist organisation Al-Ummah for his involvement in 1993 bomb blast at the Chennai RSS headquarters in which 11 people were killed.
Mushtaq Ahmed, 56, was arrested from the outskirts of Chennai on Friday.
A CBI official said that the investigators were on the hunt for Ahmed since the blast and that an amount of Rs 10 lakh was also announced as a reward for providing information about him.
Ahmed is accused of procuring explosives for assembling the bomb and providing shelter to other accused persons who used RDX on August 8, 1993, to blast the multi-storeyed RSS office at Chetput in Chennai, leaving 11 people dead and seven others injured.
The CBI registered a case in 1993 on the request of Tamil Nadu Government and took over from the state police the investigation of the case which was earlier registered at Chetpet Police Station and later transferred to CB-CID, Chennai.
The agency filed a chargesheet on June 8, 1994, against 18 persons under the stringent provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the Explosive Substances Act and Terrorist and Destructive Activities Act (TADA).
Of the 431 witnesses, 224 were examined during the course of the trial which commenced on August 7, 1995.
After the trial, the special court on June 21, 2007, had convicted 11 accused and acquitted four persons, including S.A. Basha, founder of the banned Al-Ummah for lack of evidence against them.
The court abated charges against two accused persons, who had died during the trial. The trial was pending against Ahmed, who was absconding.
Imam Ali, a suspected ISI agent who had escaped from custody in Madurai, was gunned down in Bengaluru by police on September 29, 2002, while another accused -- Jihad Committee Founder Palani Baba -- was hacked to death by suspected RSS sympathisers on January 28, 1997.