5th arrest in Ajmer Dargah blast case



Ajmer: An anti-cow slaughter activist has been arrested from Gujarat by Rajasthan Anti-Terrorist Squad for alleged involvement in the 2007 Ajmer dargah blast in which 3 persons were killed, the 5th arrest in the case.

Mukesh Vasani, 42, who allegedly planted bomb on the premises of dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, was taken into custody from Godhra yesterday and produced in a court here which remanded him in police custody till November 9, official sources said today.

This is the fifth arrest in the case and comes just 2 days after one of the alleged key conspirators, Harshad Solanki, was nabbed in Vadodara.

"Vasani was arrested in Gujarat yesterday and was produced before a competent court in Ajmer which remanded him to police custody till November 9," the sources said, adding, that Vasani worked as a building contractor in Gujarat.

Solanki during interrogation revealed Vasani's name following which he was taken into custody by the Rajasthan ATS, they said.

Solanki, alias Munna alias Raj alias Daadhi Bhai, has also been remanded in police custody till November 9. Police said he was also involved in the 2002 Best Bakery riot case in Vadodara and had been absconding since 2004. He came into contact with Sunil Joshi, a suspect in the Ajmer blast case who was murdered in December 2007 in Madhya Pradesh, and had played an important role in preparing the bombs, they said.

The ATS had filed a charge sheet before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate on October 22 against five persons -- Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Chander Shekhar Lave and two absconding accused Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangre.

PTI