Former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak Sunil Joshi was killed by his own men to keep a lid on the Hindu terror conspiracy, a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has concluded.
According to NIA investigators, Joshi allegedly raised a group of Hindu extremists that carried out bomb attacks in Malegaon (2006 and 2008), Samjhauta Express, Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid and Dargah Ajmer Sharif in retaliation of jehadi bombings in various cities and temples of the country between 2002 and 2007.
Joshi was murdered on December 29, 2007 in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh in mysterious circumstances.
“His men were worried that Joshi might spill the beans on the group’s involvement in various blasts that were earlier blamed on Muslim extremists. Joshi was involved in various criminal activities from 2003 onwards. He had been underground for many years before his murder. But just prior to his murder, he was planning to surrender as he wanted to fight elections. Besides, he had vast business interests ranging from liquor shops to trading at commodities exchange. It also didn’t help that he used to abuse his men a lot, therefore some of his men decided to bump him off to keep a lid on the activities of the whole group,” said a union home ministry official.
According to sources, two of the most aggressive men in Joshi’s group — Rajendra Pehelwan and Lokesh Sharma — allegedly shot him with a pistol. The NIA has recovered two pistols from the residence of Dilip Jagtap, another accused in the case.
Last week the NIA arrested Jitendra Sharma, an officer bearer of Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of BJP, in connection with the Joshi murder case.
The NIA may file a chargesheet in the case very soon.