New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday submitted charge sheet before a special court against 10 accused in the double murder case of BJP leaders in Bharuch, claiming the killings were part of a larger conspiracy involving co-accused located in Pakistan and South Africa.
Reportedly, the Dawood Ibrahim's D-Company had lured people by saying that 'target Hindu leaders seen to have had a role in the Gujarat riots and those perceived as "anti-Muslim" and get good money and jobs in South Africa', according to a report in TOI.
'Strike terror in minds of people belonging to particular section of society'
As per the charge sheet submitted before the special NIA court of principal judge P B Desai, "The case relates to murder of two persons ...as part of a larger conspiracy in which co-accused located in foreign countries too, were conspiring to kill and strike terror in the minds of people belonging to a particular section of society."
"During investigation, role of co-accused located in Pakistan and South Africa has also emerged and investigation of the case is being continued to collect more evidence against the accused," it said.
The central agency said charge sheet against two more arrested accused - Abdul Samad and Nasir Khan Pathan - will be filed later.
The charge sheet was filed against accused Saiyed Imran, Zuheb Ansari, Inayat Patel, Mohmad Yunus, Haider Ali, Nissarbhai Sheikh, Mohsin Khan Pathan, Mohmed Altaf Shaikh, Abid Patel and Abdul Salim Ghanchi.
BJP leaders Shirish Bangali, Pragnesh Mistry's killings
Former BJP president of Bharuch and senior RSS member Shirish Bangali and general secretary of Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha Pragnesh Mistry were shot dead in the district by two unidentified gunmen on November 2 last year.
Public prosecutor Geeta Gorambe also submitted three applications before the court, seeking permission to keep identity of some witnesses secret, details of certain documents hidden, and NIA protection to the witnesses.
Gorambe told the court that NIA will itself provide protection to certain witnesses but wanted court permission for the same. The court granted permission for all three requests.
A total of 12 accused were arrested in connection with the case and were booked under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, IPC, Arms Act the Gujarat Police Act.
The special court had in December last year granted NIA more time for filing the charge sheet.
Initially, Bharuch police along with Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) conducted the probe and had termed the murders as an 'act of terror'.