Posted by: informer | November 26, 2008

Malegaon to Ajmer and Mecca Masjid blasts : solid proofs

Mumbai : The investigation into the September 29 Malegaon bomb blast has stumbled on new leads to support the suspicion of police that recent unsolved bomb blasts such as the ones in Ajmer and the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad could be linked to it.

Sources said that some of the 11 arrested for the Malegaon blast are said to have told investigators that it was Sunil Joshi who had planted the bomb at the popular Ajmersharif Dargah in October 2007 which killed two people.

A former RSS pracharak from Dewas in Madhya Pradesh, Joshi was named by Sadhvi Pragyasingh Thakur as the man to whom she had sold her motorcycle in 2004 and which was used to plant the bomb in Malegaon. The motorcycle was the most significant lead in the Malegaon probe and led investigators to the former ABVP activist who has since been arrested and is in judicial custody.

Joshi was shot dead by motorcycle-borne men two months after the Ajmer blast while he was out for an evening walk in Dewas. Four of his roommates disappeared the day he was murdered and are suspects but investigations have not progressed further.

While the Malegaon blast accused have also apparently told investigators that the same set of people were behind the Ajmer and the Mecca Masjid blasts, other new leads have emerged that could back their claims, sources said.

As reported earlier, investigators have found similarities between the bombs in Ajmer and Hyderabad — they were placed in tin boxes and had identical arming devices. It has now also been found that mobile phones were used as remote triggers for both bombs and the SIM cards in those phones have been traced to the same shop in Jharkhand.

Sources said that both bombs were also wrapped and stuffed with paper from the same Telugu newspaper — the May 4, 2007 copy of Andhra Jyoti. Nine mobile SIM cards had been bought from the shop using the forged identity card of a Ghaziabad teacher called Babulal Yadav. Two SIM cards each were used to trigger two bombs each in Ajmer and Hyderabad. However, only one of them exploded at both locations.

Also, sources said, the metal boxes in which the bombs were placed had chronological serial numbers ending with the digits 1 to 4. While boxes ending with the numbers 1 and 2 were used in Hyderabad, those ending with 3 and 4 were used in Ajmer However, only boxes ending with 1 and 4 exploded.

Nine worshippers were killed in the blast during Friday prayers on May 18, 2007 at Mecca Masjid and five were shot dead by police who opened fire to disperse hundreds of Muslims who rioted in the area to protest against the attack. The police had then blamed the blast on HUJI and its network.


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