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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Lt Col Purohit walks out of jail: Here’s a status check of 7 Hindutva terror cases. By Rajesh Ahuja
Investigation Agency investigated seven terror cases in which Hindu right-wing
groups are suspects. These cases – involving attacks where Muslims were
targeted - were handed to the federal agency by the previous UPA government.
This is also when the NIA made most of the arrests, including that of Swami
Aseemanand and Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit. After remaining in
jail for nine years, Purohit - one of the prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon
blast - walked out of the Taloja prison on Wednesday. There have been
allegations that over the past three years, the pace of investigations in these
cases has slackened and witnesses have turned hostile where the accused belonged
to organisations close to the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya
Here’s a status check
of the cases by Hindustan Times:
CASE: Four explosions took place outside a
mosque on September 8, 2006, killing 38 people.
PROBE: The Maharashtra ATS and CBI chargesheeted
nine Muslims. The NIA, which took over the case in 2011, filed another
chargesheet naming four alleged Hindu extremists. The special court hearing the
case discharged all the Muslim accused arrested by state ATS.
STATUS: Trial yet to begin.
CASE: Explosions occurred near Dewana railway
station in Haryana’s Panipat district, killing 68 people, mostly from Pakistan,
on the night of February 18. The train was on its way to Lahore from Delhi.
PROBE: The NIA has filed chargesheet against
eight people, of whom one is dead and two are at large.
STATUS: Trial is on.
Masjid blast (2007)
CASE: A powerful IED blast in Hyderabad’s Mecca
Masjid area of Hyderabad on May 18, killed 14 people.
PROBE: The Hyderabad police rounded up dozens of
Muslims but could not get any breakthrough.The case was then handed over to the
CBI, which arrested Aseemanad, an accused in the Samjhauta train blasts case
also. The first chargesheet was filed by the CBI, then the case was handed over
to the NIA.
STATUS: Trial is on.
Ajmer dargah blast
CASE: A tiffin bomb exploded on October 11
during Ramzan at the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Dargah in Ajmer, killing three
people and injuring 12. Later, three more bombs were recovered from the
PROBE: Of 13 accused, three are absconding and
one -- Sunil Joshi -- is dead.
STATUS: A Jaipur court on March 8 had convicted
three persons -- Joshi, Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel -- but let off former
RSS member Aseemanand and six others. On March 22, the court sentenced Gupta
and Patel to life imprisonment. The magistrate also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000
on Patel and Rs 5,000 on Gupta.
Sunil Joshi murder
CASE: Sunil Joshi, the leader of an alleged
Hindu extremist group believed to be behind most of the right-wing Hindu terror
cases, was shot dead on December 29, 2007 when he was walking back to his
hideout at Chuna Khadan locality in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. The group included
Pragya Singh Thakur, Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange, Ramji Kalsangra, Rajendra
Pehelwan, Dhan Singh, Amit Chauhan and Aseemanand.
PROBE: After completing the investigation, the
NIA handed over the case to the Madhya Pradesh police saying it had not found
any evidence to suggest that his murder was linked to the larger Hindu terror
conspiracy. The agency alleged that Joshi was killed by his own men as they
were unhappy over his ‘misbehaviour’ with Pragya Singh Thakur.
STATUS: Trial ended on February 1, 2017. All
eight accused, including Pragya Singh Thakur, acquitted.
Malegaon and Modasa
CASE: Twin explosions took place in Malegaon
(Maharashtra) and Modasa (Gujarat) on September 29. Improvised explosive
devices (IEDs) mounted on motorcycles were planted at both locations, killing a
total of eight persons.
PROBE: The Maharashtra ATS claimed to crack the
Malegaon case. Pragya Singh Thakur, along with a serving army official, Prasad
Srikant Purohit were arrested and chargesheeted in the case.
STATUS: The NIA dropped charges against Pragya
Singh Thakur and the special court is yet to take a call on it. The Modasa
blast case was closed by the NIA citing lack of evidence. After remaining in
jail for nine years, Lt Col Purohit -- one of the prime accused in the 2008
Malegaon blast -- walked out of the Taloja prison on Wednesday.