Court defers Ajmer dargah blast verdict

Jaipur, Feb 25 : A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here in Jaipur has deferred its verdict in the 2007 Ajmer dargah blast case to March 8.

The court was scheduled to announce the verdict on Saturday. The hearings in the case was completed on Feb 6 this year.

The case pertains to the blast inside the premises of the Khawja Moinuddin Chisti Dargah in Ajmer on Oct 11, 2007 at the time of roza iftaar, which killed three people and injured 15 others. The investigations was first conducted by Rajasthan’s Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS).

An unattended bag was recovered from the spot which had an unexploded bomb which was later neutralized. Apart from it, two mobile sim cards were also recovered. The sim card on the exploded bomb was bought from Jharkhand while on the sim on the unexploded bomb was procured from West Bengal. Both the sim cards were used as a timer device.

According to chargesheet, the blast was allegedly caused to stir communal passions in the country and hurt the religious feelings of a particular community during the month of Ramzan.

The ATS had arrested Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma and Chandrasekhar Leve in 2010. Later they arrested Harshad Solanki, Mukesh Vasani, Bharat Mohanlal Ratishwar, Swami Aseemanand, Sandeep Dange, Bhavesh Arvind Bhai Patel, Suresh Nair and Mehul.

According to chargesheet, some radicalized Hindus associated with the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) had conducted the blasts at Ajmer dargah and also at Mecca Masjid Hyderabad revenging the attack on Amarnath Yatra in 2002 and Raghunath temple in Jammu by Muslim terror outfits.

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