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Link between Ajmer, Hyderabad blasts: CBI

The blasts in Ajmer dargah in Rajasthan and Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad in year 2007 were "linked".

New Delhi: CBI director Ashwani Kumar today
said the blasts in Ajmer dargah in Rajasthan and Mecca Masjid
in Hyderabad in the year 2007 were "linked".

"There is a link between the Ajmer blast and Mecca
Masjid blast," Kumar told PTI on the sidelines of the annual D
P Kohli Memorial Lecture here.

CBI had recently joined the Ajmer blast probe to
ascertain role of persons arrested by Special Task Force of
Rajasthan Police in the Mecca Masjid terror strike.

Official sources said a joint team of ATS, CBI and
central security agencies were questioning two of the three
arrested persons -- Devendra Gupta and Chandrashekar -- in
connection with their possible involvement in the attack in

The role of the duo was suspected to be related to
purchasing of SIM cards and timer devices which were used to
trigger the blast in Ajmer on October 12, 2007.

Two pilgrims were killed and nine others, including a
child, were injured in the terror attack when a crude bomb
went off at the sufi shrine of Khawaja Moinuddhin Chishti in
Ajmer where thousands had gathered to break their day-long
Ramzan fast.

The low-intensity improvised bomb which was kept close
to Aasthan-e-Noor went off a minute after the period of fast
ended, indicating the similarity of execution timing with the
Malegaon and Mecca Masjid blast.

The probe had suggested that modus operandi, nature of
explosives and the kind of bomb used in the Ajmer blast
resemble the Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad, probed by CBI.

The low-intensity improvised bomb which was kept in a tin
box with a packing of iron pipes in Ajmer was similar to the
contraption used in the Mecca blast, the sources said.

CBI was refraining to comment in detail on the issue
officially, but sources said a team had moved in to question
the duo and their links with some of the accused identified by
the agency in connection with the Mecca blasts.

Five persons died in the blast and nine in the subsequent
police firing outside the mosque when thousands of Muslims
gathered for prayers on May 18, 2007.


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