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April 15, 2009

Hindutva outfit behind terrorist strike at Ajmer dargah

Extremist Hindu group Abhinav Bharat has been found involved in the bomb blasts that had rocked the famous Islamic sufi shrine at Ajmer in Rajasthan in the year 2007.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Rajasthan police has confirmed that Abhinav Bharat that was involved in the bomb blast in the Muslim-majority Malegaon town, had also been involved with the attack on the Ajmer shrine.

Lieutenant Colonel Srikant Purohit, an army official, was arrested for planning and executing the terror attack in Ajmer. The Maharashtra ATS had arrested Purohit and his accomplices including Dayanand Pandey, Sadhwi Pragya Singh Thakur and Abhinav Bharat leader Samir Kulkarni.

During the brain-mapping and narco-analysis tests, Purohit had reportedly confessed that Pandey was the mastermind and had planned the explosion at Ajmer Sharif Dargah. The terrorist attack had taken place on October 11, 2007.

The Rajasthan ATS chief Kapil Garg has confirmed that the investigation in the Ajmer blasts case is pointing towards the role of right-wing Hindu organisation Abhinav Bharat.

The role of Abhinav Bharat had first come to fore when Maharashtra ATS under Hemant Karkare unravelled the terror network. Karkare had later died while fighting terrorists in the attack on Mumbai.

It was suspected that terrorist strikes on Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, Samjhauta Express train carrying Pakistani passengers and similar other attacks on Muslim shrines were carried out by the group.

TIH Bureau

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