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4 of 5 accused for Ajmer blast have RSS links

delhi Updated: Nov 01, 2010 11:43 IST
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Senior leader Indresh Kumar is not the only RSS link to the Ajmer blast in October 2007 that killed three persons. Of the five accused named in the chargesheet filed by the Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on October 22, four are associated with the RSS.

A sixth alleged key conspirator who has not been made an accused only because he is dead, Sunil Joshi, also had RSS connections.

Though his name is mentioned, Kumar is not an accused. He is only named in the context of a secret meeting in October 2005 that discussed the strategy for carrying out the blast.

The RSS had reacted with great indignation when Kumar's name was revealed, claiming the ATS investigation was no longer honest but had become a tool for political persecution.

But according to the chargesheet, among the five accused of murder and conspiracy, four have RSS links — Devendra Gupta, Chandrasekhar Lave, Lokesh Sharma and Sandeep Dange.

The first three are in jail while Dange — along with the fifth man, Ramji Kalsangre – is absconding.

Joshi, the chargesheet says, was RSS zila pracharak at Mahu in Madhya Pradesh.

Gupta initially worked under Joshi as tehsil pracharak of the RSS before being promoted and shifted to Jamtara in Jharkhand as zila pracharak in 2003.

An Ajmer native, Gupta is accused of procuring the detonators and mobile SIMs used in the blast at the Chishti dargah.

Lave was an RSS zila sampark pramukh in MP's Shajapur district. Sharma was also an active RSS worker, claims the chargesheet.

Dange — an engineering graduate who allegedly prepared the bomb — was an RSS zila pracharak at Shajapur. Kalsangra, a skilled electrician who helped Dange, is the only accused not yet known to have any RSS connection.