Ajmer dargah blast: Convict Sunil Joshi met Yogi Adityanath, suspect told NIA

As per the statement, Rateshwar said, “We stayed in the guest house of Ashram and about 9 pm Manoj and myself went to meet Yogi Adityanath in his drawing room separately.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Updated: March 24, 2017 3:33 pm
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Over a year before the October 11, 2007 Ajmer dargah blast which killed three and injured 15, Yogi Adityanath, then BJP MP and now Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, met one of the main convicts in the case Sunil Joshi (now dead), as per a statement by one of Joshi’s former aides.

The meeting, according to an investigation by the Rajasthan ATS and the National Investigation Agency, took place at Adityanath’s residence in Gorakhpur in March-April 2006. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) later claimed to have found Yogi’s contact numbers in the pocket diary of Joshi, recovered after his (Joshi) murder in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, in December 2007.

When contacted, the CMO did not comment, that Yogi and Joshi meet was mentioned by Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar, an aide of Swami Aseemanand. Rateshwar, named as an accused in the Ajmer blast case by the NIA, was acquitted by the special NIA court this month that convicted Joshi, a former RSS pracharak, and Bhavesh Patel and Devendra Gupta. Both got life term by the NIA court yesterday.

In his statement recorded first before the NIA and then a judge, now part of court records, Rateshwar said he was tasked by Aseemanand in March 2006 to travel with Sunil Joshi alias Manoj. “…Manoj informed me over phone that Swami Aseemanand has directed him to visit Jharkhand, Agra, Gorakhpur and Nagpur for some special tasks and I also should go with him. I confirmed the same from Aseemanand ji…” it reads.

According to the chargesheet, Rateshwar and Joshi met at Indore and travelled to Chittaranjan where they were received by Devender Gupta, “a RSS Zila Pracharak of Jamtara and stayed with him at RSS Karyalaya Jamtara…After staying for two days in Jamtara, I along with Manoj reached Agra as per direction of Swami Aseemanand and met with Rajeshwar Singh who was associated with Agra Gramin Sangh.”

Rajeshwar was a key suspect identified behind conversion of more than 200 Muslims in Agra in 2015. “…Rajeshwar Singh took both of us to Gorakhpur in his vehicle. Next day we reached Gorakhpur and met with Shri Yogi Adityanath, MP in his Ashram. Rajeshwar Singh introduced us to Shri Yogi Adityanath with the reference of Swami Aseemanand. Manoj (Joshi) asked him to meet separately then Yogi Adityanath told him he is busy and will meet in the evening,” Rateshwar stated.

As per the statement, Rateshwar said, “We stayed in the guest house of Ashram and about 9 pm Manoj and myself went to meet Yogi Adityanath in his drawing room separately. On reaching, I remained present at some distance but Manoj went very close to Yogi Adityanath and sat near to his wooden bed on the knees and discussed something secretly and in low voice. Thereafter we came back to Valsad and Indore, respectively. After few days, I informed Aseemanand about the visit…”

Rateshwar’s counsel J S Rana said, “His statement was recorded as witness and later on he was made an accused so the statement has no sanctity.”

The case was initially probed by the Rajasthan ATS which arrested Lokesh Sharma, Devendra Gupta, among others and filed first chargesheet on October 22, 2010. In 2011, it was transferred to the NIA.

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    Himmat
    Mar 24, 2017 at 12:57 pm
    Indian express should grow up from biased news presentation, I see Indian express always against positive moves of government not good for nation this biased atude
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      Islamforfools
      Mar 24, 2017 at 2:53 am
      Is that news even. The greatest human butcher Modi is PM. So we need anything more than that.
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        Umhua
        Mar 24, 2017 at 6:05 am
        The jihadi express censors only pro Hindu comments. Look at all the muzzie comments here.
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          Masood Ali
          Mar 25, 2017 at 6:32 am
          I agree with you. India has more than 7500km coast line. States should also pay attention to this problem instead of fighting with each other. Understand center has already written to the states for feasibility report. ILR work should also be taken up simultaneously on war footing.
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            ansuman
            Mar 24, 2017 at 4:47 am
            If he was a butcher--you will be begging him for your life.
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              ansuman
              Mar 24, 2017 at 4:44 am
              Try all your dirty tricks s, you will not never succeed. You better stop your tirade or public will love to lynch you .
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                Shekar
                Mar 24, 2017 at 5:33 am
                U weren't in Gujarat when he was cm. He is....
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                  AK
                  Mar 24, 2017 at 12:55 am
                  Nothing surprising
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                    Tushar
                    Mar 24, 2017 at 5:31 am
                    Man ... It's ROBo moderating system .they don't recognize u are a supporter of BJP or a Congress ... It has some critereas .. Only God knows wot are all those
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                      Tushar
                      Mar 24, 2017 at 1:08 am
                      Read Chis Read ..... Different law for different people .ahem
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                        bhanojirao, p.
                        Mar 24, 2017 at 1:43 am
                        You pressutes never realise your venomous fake charges that people won't believe,in turn you are loosing credibility.
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                          Dr.Damodar Biswal
                          Mar 24, 2017 at 6:08 am
                          All Indians should have faith on our judiciary,sir.The Apex Court of the country did not find any thing against Modi in the 2002 riot case.How do say that he is a butcher?
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                            Feku
                            Mar 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm
                            India is doomed.
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                              Shaikh Mohammad
                              Mar 24, 2017 at 9:01 am
                              All the murderer's of innocent Muslims are tied by the bond of what is called "manifest destiny". Modi and yogi are using the consutional position to hide their criminal acts of the past. No acts of crime will ever go unpunished. There will come a tomorrow when these very people will have to account for their criminal acts.
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                                iftiindian
                                Mar 24, 2017 at 2:05 am
                                These agents of terror are saints and those who are exposing them are anti hindu and anti national.
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                                  Johnbharath
                                  Mar 24, 2017 at 1:30 am
                                  How Congress and Communist morons cooking stories to damage Hindus. Agents of Vatican and China.
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                                    A Disillusioned
                                    Mar 25, 2017 at 3:44 am
                                    Modi is, finally, showing his true colour after winning UP election by making Saffron Clad Yogi whose only vocation lies in inciting communal riots, propagating hatred and violence..a yogi seen as a harbinger of hatred, see the irony here...what you expect from a man like Hindu exterimist Modi...
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                                      Niladrinath Mohanty
                                      Mar 24, 2017 at 2:36 am
                                      Pressutes are more culpable for vitiating the communal atmosphere in the country.
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                                        Niladrinath Mohanty
                                        Mar 24, 2017 at 2:34 am
                                        Why this news now and not before the change of govt. in UP?
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                                          Rajinder singh
                                          Mar 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm
                                          So what? JS Bhindranwale was always seen in the company of Sh Zail Singh ex President of India. Do u mean Zail Singh was a terrorist or had links with terrorism? Anyone can come and stay in the Ashram---? It does not mean Yogi was a collaborator? Just read about Mohammed Khalid, lone wolf attacker of London, how unuming and nice he was to his neighbourhood? Did the exposure now make entire neighbourhood having link with terrorists? What rubbish news is this? Digging up silly past will take us no where. There seems to be a deliberate campaign to run down Yogi Adityanath, just because he speaks for the majority community. Paid Indian media is misusing its freedom. It ought to be checked.
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                                            shiravanthe sridhar
                                            Mar 24, 2017 at 7:46 am
                                            Thank you Islamic express for never ending news on " Hindu terrorists"the more. You publish negatively the more people will vote for BJP.
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