Production warrant issued for Samjhauta accused

Last Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 20:43

Mumbai: The National Investigation Agency
(NIA) was on Thursday given a production warrant for producing
Lokesh Sharma, an accused in Samjhauta train and Ajmer blasts,
before the court in connection with his alleged role in
Malegaon 2008 blasts.

The NIA moved an application before designated MCOCA
judge Y D Shinde requesting for questioning of Sharma. After
hearing the arguments, the court gave a production warrant to
the central probe agency to produce the accused before it.

Once the accused is brought before the court, the NIA
would make a plea for taking him for custodial interrogation
in connection with the September 29, 2008, Malegaon blast in
which six people were killed.

The NIA has been given charge of all saffron terror cases
which included Malegaon 2006 and 2008, Ajmer (Rajasthan),
Mecca-Masjid (Hyderabad) and Samjhauta train blasts.

The production warrant for Sharma, at present lodged in
Ajmer Central jail, came as a relief for NIA as they had
failed to take his custody from a Panchkula court in Haryana
yesterday.

Sharma, a close associate of Sunil Joshi (the suspected
`mastermind` behind the blasts who was later murdered),
allegedly planted a bomb on Samjhauta Express.

The Indore resident`s name has cropped up in the Ajmer
blasts and Mecca Masjid blasts of Hyderabad and he was
arrested on June 17, 2010 for the Ajmer blasts and on June 18,
2011 for Samjhauta blasts.

Malegaon 2008 case was a turning point in the terror
history of the country as the role of saffron brigade behind
the blasts came to fore.

The then ATS chief Hemant Karkare of Maharashtra Police,
who was brutally killed in 26/11 blasts, blew the lid off the
conspiracy and arrested the conspirators including a serving
Lt Col of the Indian Army Prasad Shrikant Purohit.

ATS under his leadership had been able to arrest sadhvi
Pragya Singh alias Swami Purnachetanandgiri (key conspirator
as her bike was used in the blast), Shivnarayan Gopalsingh
Kalsangra (electrician from Indore, assembled the bomb), Shyam
Bhawarlal Sahu (owns mobile servicing centre at Bhopal).

Besides Purohit, others accused in the charge sheet were
Maj (retd) Ramesh Shivji Upadhyaya (Pune resident, accused to
imparting training and taught bomb making), Sameer Sharad
Kulkarni alias Chanakya Sameer (helped procure material for
making the bomb), Ajay alias Raja Rahirkar (Pune-based
treasurer of Abhinav Bharat) and Rakesh Dattatreya Dhawade
(Pune-based weapons expert, helped procure weapons).

Jagdish Chintaman Mhatre (helped store weapons), Sudhakar
Udaybhan Dhar Dwivedi alias Dayanand Pandey alias Swami
Amrutanand Devtirth (self-proclaimed Shankaracharya, resident
of Jammu and Kashmir and a key conspirator), Sudhakar
Onkarnath Chaturvedi (weapons were found from him, was part of
planning) and Pravin Mutalik (planted bomb).

The case, which was transferred to NIA, has two
proclaimed offenders Ramji alias Ramchandra Kalsangra (bomb
planter) and Sandeep Dange (bomb planter).

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 20:43

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