Ajmer blast probe to be handed over to NIA

The National Investigation Agency will now probe the Ajmer blast case, an official said here on Thursday.

Updated: Mar 31, 2011, 16:03 PM IST

Jaipur: The National Investigation Agency
will now probe the Ajmer blast case, an official said here
on Thursday.

"Ajmer Dargah blast case will be handed over to NIA
after the Chief Minister`s approval. The Centre had forwarded
us a proposal for the same some 25 days ago," Additional Chief
Secretary (Home) P K Deb said.

"We after discussion with the state Anti-Terrorist
Squad (ATS) and law department forwarded the file to the Chief
Minister Ashok Gehlot and his approval is expected soon," he
said.

"The Centre`s contention was that since the same
radical outfits were involved in the blasts in Ajmer Dargah,
Hyderabad`s Mecca Masjid and Malegaon, the case should be
investigated by the NIA," the officer added.

Three pilgrims were killed and 15 others were injured
in the terror attack when a crude bomb went off at the sufi
shrine of Khawaja Moinuddhin Chishti in Ajmer in 2007 where
thousands of devout had gathered to break their day-long
Ramzan fast.

PTI