New Delhi: RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav on Saturday rubbished the Congress’ claim of his organisation’s involvement in the 2007 Ajmer blast, calling it a ploy to malign the Sangh’s image.
“It is an attempt by the ruling party to tarnish our image, by leveling false and unfounded allegations,” he said.
Accusing RSS of having a dubious past, from its role in Maharma Gandhi’s killing to Malegaon blast, Congress has demanded a probe into Abhinav Bharat and RSS links in Ajmer blast case.
Earlier in the day, in a breakthrough development, the Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested a second suspect in the case
"Chandrashekhar, who is suspected to be a key member of the terror module involved in the blast in which three persons were killed, was arrested yesterday from Shajapur," ATS sources said today.
He is believed to have links with Hindu outfits, sources said, adding he will be produced before a local court in Ajmer.
The arrest comes just two days after another suspect, Devendra Gupta was nabbed by the Rajasthan ATS on Wednesday night when he had gone to meet his ailing mother, sources said.
Gupta is allegedly linked with Hindu outfit Abhinav Bharat Sangathan and is suspected to be involved in the blast inside the Dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty at Ajmer in October 2007, sources said.
Officials are also probing Gupta`s alleged link with Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a key suspect in the Malegaon blast case.
They said Gupta was staying in Jharkhand and had come to Ajmer on Wednesday. A SIM card recovered from the blast site helped police trace him, they said.
"This man has been an active RSS member for years and has been involved with several Hindu groups. The various groups who all were involved or not with this blast will become clearer after our investigation," said Home Minister of Rajasthan, Shanti Dhariwal.
Under surveillance for several months, Gupta was finally caught when he came to visit his family in Ajmer. His family claims, Gupta left home as a young boy to study in Indore where his brother lived. Later, he moved to Jharkhand where even his family admits he was linked to the RSS.