The Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Rajasthan Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of Harshadbhai Solanki, a key accused in the 2007 Ajmer dargah blast in which three persons were killed and the main accused in the Best Bakery case in which 14 people were killed in the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat in 2002.
Solanki, a resident of Vadodara in Gujarat, was arrested by the Rajasthan ATS early morning on November 1 from Limkheda town in Gujarat. Fourteen people were burnt to death when a mob set fire to Best Bakery in March 2002.
ATS chief Kapil Garg told mediapersons here that the police came to know about Solanki during investigations into the Ajmer blast.
He said Solanki, alias Munna Raja alias Dadhibhai, 32, was produced before the chief judicial magistrate’s court in Ajmer on November 1 and remanded to the police till November 9.
The ATS chief refused to reveal any more information, saying it would affect the investigation.
Solanki was a close associate of Sunil Joshi, who is named as the mastermind of the Ajmer dargah blast in the ATS chargesheet. Solanki revealed during interrogation that he was with Joshi from 2006 to 2007, when Joshi was murdered.
He has confessed to his active involvement in the Ajmer blast and having bought the material to make the bombs and packing them for transportation.