Posted by: informer | November 16, 2008

Purohit linked to Ajmer Sharif blast

Lt Col Prasad Purohit, the alleged mastermind behind the Malegaon blast

In what comes as a sensational new finding in the Malegaon blast probe, TIMES NOW has learnt that the terror network is wider that previously thought.

A day after the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) claimed that the alleged mastermind behing the Malegaon blast — Lt Col Prasad Purohit was closely involved in the Samjhauta train blasts, sources have now told TIMES NOW that there could be a possible link between Purohit and the blasts at Mecca Masjid Hyderabad and Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan.

During the Narco analysis of Lt Col Purohit, he revealed that the Ajmer Blast was masterminded by Swami Amritanand and that everything had happened at his behest, told sources. TIMES NOW also learnt that Purohit could have played a very vital role in executing the blast, added sources.

Intelligence agencies are now comparing the modus operandi of Abhinav Bharat with the blasts at Ajmer Sharif and Mecca Masjid.

Previously, it was said the strike at Mecca Masjid was the handiwork of a Bangladeshi module with some local help. But after a local court acquitted four youths last week after they were suspected to be behind the blast, suspicion has been raised about the entire line of probe.

However, there is no confirmation whether the Rajasthan police team will come to Mumbai to interrogate Swamiji and the Colonel.

Two persons were killed and 28 injured on October 11 when a bomb went off inside the complex of the highly-revered sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer.  The strike had come just days after Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil had warned of a possible attack during this year’s festive season. The bomb was hidden inside a tiffin box and placed in the main courtyard called Aasthan-e-Noor, just outside the 750-year-old mausoleum of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.

Sources in the ATS told TIMES NOW that during Purohit’s narco-analysis test, he has specifically taken Swami Amritanand’s name. And upon further questioning, he said that the Swami was responsible for executing the blast at Ajmer Sharif.

This revelation of Purohit’s alleged links to the other blasts comes just a day after the ATS claimed his involvement in the Samjhuata train blast of Feb 2007. The ATS said that it was Purohit who had sourced the RDX which was used in the blasts.

The Abhinav Bharat of which, the trio of Dayanand Pandey, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Lt Col Purohit are also linked to the Mecca Masjid blasts.

On May 18, 2007, nine people were killed and many others injured when a bomb went off at the historic Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad. The bomb exploded around noon when thousands of people were gathered in the mosque for Friday prayers. Police had also recovered two unexploded bombs from the vicinity of the mosque.


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