Indresh funded blasts: NIA

RSS leader financed ‘criminal conspiracy’, aided Sunil Joshi’s recee for blasts.

delhi Updated: May 17, 2011 01:35 IST
Rajesh Ahuja
Rajesh Ahuja
Hindustan Times

Senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar financed saffron terror mastermind Sunil Joshi, who died in mysterious circumstances in December 2007, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has alleged in its supplementary chargesheet in the Mecca Masjid blast case.

The chargesheet was filed against Naba Kumar Sarkar Alias Swami Aseemanand only. According to the chargesheet, both Indresh Kumar and Aseemanad provided finance to Joshi for ‘fulfillment of criminal conspiracy’ for saffron blasts all over the country.

According to the government sources, so far the level of evidence against Indresh Kumar has not reached at the threshold of filing a chargesheet against him, but investigators are working on this aspect.

However, Kumar’s Lawyer Aman Lekhi said: “The mentioning of Indresh Kumar's name is deliberate and bereft of any legal substance. Conspiracy is a much abused word and is used the police has nothing substantiate to show and yet desperate to impute criminality.”

In the supplementary chargesheet, the NIA has named Sunil Joshi and his two aides Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangra also. Dange and Kalsangra are absconding and Joshi was murdered in December 2007 in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. Therefore, they have not been chargesheeted in the case.

The chargesheet states from 2003 onwards, Aseemanand other accused were deeply angered by terrorist attacks on Hindus. They conspired between 2005 and 2007 to avenge these attacks by attacking Muslim places of worships and areas densely populated by Muslims.

The chargesheet states that Aseemanad and Indresh Kumar provided finance to Sunil Joshi. With their help Joshi travelled to Indore, Bihar, Nepal and other places. Aseemanand gave R65000 to Joshi. The chargesheet didn't mention the amount given by Indresh Kumar but Aseemanand in his statement had stated Indresh had given R50,000 to Joshi.

The chargesheet states Aseemanand was abetting, advising and inciting other accused with his words “bomb ka jawab bomb se dena hai”.

First Published: May 17, 2011 00:18 IST