Rajasthan ATS arrest 1 suspect in Ajmer blast case, detain another

The Anti-Terrorist Squad of Rajasthan arrested another suspect in connection with the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast for allegedly playing a key role in the conspiracy behind the incident.

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2010, 22:52 PM IST

Jaipur/Panchmahal: The Anti-Terrorist Squad
of Rajasthan arrested another suspect in connection with the
2007 Ajmer Dargah blast for allegedly playing a key role in
the conspiracy behind the incident.

The state ATS also detained one Mukesh Vasani, an
anti-cow slaughter activist, from Godhra town of Gujarat and
local police sources said he was picked up also in the Ajmer
blast case.
The suspect Harshad Bhai Solanki, alias Munna alias
Raj alias Daadhi Bhai, was arrested in Vadodara on November 1
and brought to Rajasthan for questioning, ADG-ATS, Kapil
Garg, told reporters in Jaipur today.

Solanki, he said, was also involved in the 2002 Best
Bakery riot case in Vadodara and had been absconding since
2004.

"On the same day, he was produced before the court of
Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ajmer, from where he was remanded
to police custody till November 9.

Solanki came into contact with Sunil Joshi, a suspect
in the Ajmer blast case who was murdered in December 2007 in
Madhya Pradesh, and was an accomplice of his while planning
the Dargah blast, Garg said, adding he played important role
in preparing the bombs, collecting explosives and other
necessary equipments, and packaging of bombs.

Garg said Solanki was involved in Best Bakery riot
case and was among the four absconding accused out of total 17
since the trial of the case was transferred to Maharastra from
Gujarat in 2004.

Garg, however, declined to disclose details regarding
Solanki`s organizational affiliation, if any.
Asked when senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar, whose name
also figures in the chargesheet in connection with the Ajmer
blast, will be interrogated, he said any such information
could affect the investigation of the case.

The ATS had filed the chargesheet in Dargah blast case
before the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate
in Ajmer on October 22 against five persons--Devendra Gupta,
Lokesh Sharma, Chander Shekhar Lave, Sandeep Dange and Ramji
Kalsangre (both absconding).

A report from Panchamahal quoting local police sources
said Vasani has been taken to Jaipur by Rajasthan ATS for
questioning.

While ATS has not recorded in the diary in local police
station the case for which Vasani has been detained and would
be questioned, sources said his detention was also in
connection with the Ajmer blast which killed 3 persons and
left 15 injured.

PTI