Ram Lakhan Maharaj alias Dhan Singh, who is an accused of Malegaon, Samjhauta and other blasts, was nabbed by Satna police and handed over to the National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Monday.
This is the second arrest in Samjhauta Express blast case in three days. Earlier, on Saturday, the NIA had nabbed another accused, Rajender Chaudhary alias Samundar from Nagda in Ujjain.
Singh, also known as Swami, is a resident of Hatod (Indore) and was arrested from a village under Naya Gaon police station area in Satna district on Monday. Singh is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast.
Sources said that he was arrested from Kamta village where he was living as a priest for the past one-and-half years.
The NIA will now figure out all connections of Singh with the Hindu outfits and the blasts.
Notably, the NIA had declared an award of Rs. 5 lakh on him. Sources said that Dhan was hiding at Omkareshwar and Dewas since his name figured in the case.
The police has arrested Singh and handed over to the NIA. The team of SDOP Naya Gaon Shivesh Singh Baghel picked him from his hut around 3 pm on Monday. Later around 5 pm, five NIA officials reached the district and took him into custody.
NIA believes that the connection of Singh was with right-wing Hindu outfits, including the 2006 and 2008 Malegaon blasts, Samjhauta train blasts, Ajmer (Rajasthan) and some other incidents.
According to sources, Singh was a close associate of Sunil Joshi, who was the mastermind behind Samjhauta Express blast occurred in 2007.