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Witness in murder case linked to blasts vanishes

bhopal Updated: Jan 10, 2011 01:17 IST
P Naveen

With one more witness in a murder case related to the probe into terror’s saffron links disappearing, the investigators’ job has become even harder.

Shriram Pawar, a cousin of Ramprasad Kaloda and a witness in his murder case, has been missing since November 2008. According to a Rajasthan anti-terrorist squad (ATS) chargesheet, Kaloda aka Ramji was the supplier of explosives to murdered RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi, suspected to have been the key organiser of the gang responsible for the Samjhauta Express, Malegaon, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif blasts in 2006-07.

Both Joshi and Kaloda are said to be aides of Swami Aseemanand, the mastermind of the blasts and currently in police custody.

Kaloda’s body was found near the railway track in Baloda Takoon village in Indore on June 24, 2008. Police said three persons — Dharmendra Jatt, Lakhan and Ratan Lal — killed Kaloda over R65,000 which they had borrowed from him. The police had chargesheeted the trio in a court and produced Pawar as a witness in the case. Later, all three suspects were released on bail.

Subsequently, Pawar vanished. His family lodged a ‘missing person’ report at the Depalpur police station on November 14, 2008.

“We are on the lookout for two persons. Once we get them, Kaloda’s murder mystery will be solved,” Satyendra Singh Ranawat, additional superintendent of police, Rajasthan ATS told HT on Sunday.

The Rajasthan ATS suspects Joshi and Kaloda were killed by their own people.