After a three-year long probe, the NIA has not found any evidence to suggest that former RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi was killed by his own associates to stop him from revealing the real brains behind the larger Hindu terror conspiracy, agency sources told HT.
During the UPA regime, the Sunil Joshi murder case was handed over to the NIA in 2011 along with six other Hindu terror cases.
Joshi was murdered on December 29, 2007 in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. “Joshi was shot dead by his associates Rajendra Pehelwan and Loskesh Sharma as he used to ‘misbehave’ with Pragya Singh Thakur, another alleged member of his group. Since his murder is not connected with the Hindu terror conspiracy, we have decided not to invoke the anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, in the case,” said a NIA official requesting anonymity.
“Sunil Joshi was considered the bridge between the masterminds of the Hindu terror conspiracy and the foot soldiers like Lokesh Sharma and Pehelwan who planted bombs in Mosques and places frequented by Muslims in retaliation jehadi terrorism in the country. It was suspected that Joshi was silenced because he knew the identity of masterminds of the Hindu terror conspiracy. But after a three-year long probe, the agency has concluded that it was ‘just a murder’ case. We found that Joshi was killed because of his alleged ‘vulgar gestures’ towards Pragya,” added the official.
The NIA will now file a chargesheet against Pehalwan, Lokesh, Pragya and one more person in the case who helped the accused to conceal a 9MM pistol, used in the murder.
We will submit our chargesheet in the court where a chargesheet filed by the state police is already pending. The court will now take a final call on the both the chargesheets,” said the official.