Pracharak killed after he made sexual advances on Sadhvi: NIA

The NIA claimed that one of the motives for the murder was the “sexual advances’’ made by Joshi.

Written by Ritu Sarin | New Delhi | Published:August 17, 2014 1:18 am
Set to be named in NIA chargesheet Set to be named in NIA chargesheet

Probing the 2007 murder of RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has concluded that one of the reasons for his killing was the alleged “sexual advances” he made towards Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, already named an accused in the case by police in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh.

The ailing Sadhvi, who is also an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, is set to figure in a NIA chargesheet to be filed next week in the Joshi murder case. She and four others are expected to be charged under provisions of the Arms Act and not the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. She is the only one to be named in both chargesheets — of the Dewas police and NIA — in the case.

The NIA claimed that one of the motives for the murder was the “sexual advances’’ made by Joshi. According to the agency, Pragya was wary of Joshi, believing he would spill the beans on the terror plots. The NIA chargesheet is likely to mention that in a bid to prevent Joshi from speaking about the Ajmer blasts, Pragya kept Anandraj Kataria in her house for almost 10 days. Although Dewas police named Kataria as an accused, he does not figure in the final NIA list of accused in the Joshi murder case.

The contours of the murder probe have changed since 2011 when the first chargesheet was filed by Dewas police, and this happened due to the arrest in Mhow of some suspects in the Malegaon blast case. The four — Rajendra Chowdhary, Lokesh Sharma, Jitendra Sharma (a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha) and Balbir Singh — will now be chargesheeted with Pragya for Joshi’s murder. A sixth accused, Dilip Jagtap, has turned approver in the case.

The NIA claims that Rajendra and Lokesh killed Joshi on the night of December 29, 2007 in Dewas while the pistols and magazine were procured and hidden by Jitendra Sharma and Balbir Singh respectively. A forensic examination proved that the firearms matched the casings recovered from the murder scene.

The probe agency claims that Lokesh, Rajendra and Joshi were part of a “larger conspiracy’’ and were planning more blasts directed at Muslims.

The NIA recorded the statement of RSS functionary Sheetal Gahlot who said that after Joshi’s murder, it was Pragya and Ramji Kalsangre, an absconder and accused in the Samjhauta blast case, who went to the pracharak’s ashram in Dewas and removed two bags of arms and explosives. Gahlot claimed some of it was taken away by Kalsangre and the rest dumped in a river by Chanchal Joshi, the murdered pracharak’s niece.

In her statement, Chanchal said that after the murder, Pragya came to their house and left with a briefcase with some papers which were later taken away by Kalsangre.

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    Aw
    Aug 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm
    RSS bachelors
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      amtc
      Aug 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm
      Who is the script writer of this story? NIA bungled up for so many years and could not put anything on Sadhvi. Looks like this a new attempt, we will wait and watch and then burn NIA personnel who has sold their soul to CONgress. NIA is a worried lot now since BJP has taken over and will start mudding the water.
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        TrueIndian
        Aug 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm
        And as always, you only care about your community.
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          Deepak Vohra
          Aug 17, 2014 at 11:07 am
          what kind of ual advances were made
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            Bhushan Bhat
            Aug 17, 2014 at 7:09 am
            congress could do anything for muslim appeat
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              Gurupreet Anand
              Aug 17, 2014 at 6:33 am
              what
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                shad ali
                Aug 18, 2014 at 1:35 pm
                Good news and culprit should be punished.
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                  shad ali
                  Aug 18, 2014 at 1:37 pm
                  shame on you, real news cant digest.when the same media depict all Muslim as terrorist you criticise now when the same media blame you guys still showing your anger towards Muslim instead condemn the act.shame on these type of Hindus.
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                    shad ali
                    Aug 18, 2014 at 1:38 pm
                    well said.
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                      Kunjahammed Abdulkhader
                      Aug 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm
                      The probe agency claims that Lokesh, Rajendra and Joshi were part of a “larger conspiracy’’ and were planning more blasts directed at Muslims.
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                        Firangi_paani
                        Aug 18, 2014 at 7:24 am
                        Nothing will comeout of any of these?
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                          P.S.Muthuramalingam
                          Aug 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm
                          Such a move against another person whoever it may be is ridiculous and was addressed ingly. There is no point in gloating over win or loss. .
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                            Rajeev balakrishna
                            Aug 19, 2014 at 8:45 am
                            how can post like these with wild accusations can be published?
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                              Rajeev balakrishna
                              Aug 18, 2014 at 7:18 am
                              report is not made public, as usual "journalism of romours",rememeber the front page news about "army under Gen VK singh tried for a scoop!!". further the investigation was carried out by congi appointed NIA team during ther term!!most of the officers at present were appointed by congis during last 10 years, they would be coming out similar stories to appease their masters!
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                                Neeraj
                                Aug 17, 2014 at 7:59 am
                                chi chi chi!
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                                  Patriot
                                  Aug 17, 2014 at 6:50 am
                                  RSS trying to fool with the help of media to the mes, Sunil Joshi is clearly safronist terrorist, he is involved in number of bomb blast which was blamed on muslims. RSS trying to show they are clean but their hands are in blood of the muslims.
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                                    Patriot
                                    Aug 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm
                                    So RSS paracharks charact exposed. In fact with the help of media RSS trying to fool the mes, he has been killed by RSS gondas in order not to be disclosed the bomb explosion which he was involved.
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                                      Shashi Kumar
                                      Aug 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm
                                      still today NIA is congrees appointed.
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                                        Shashi Kumar
                                        Aug 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm
                                        what is wrong then? Many many more Hindus are being killed by Muslims
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                                          slayer
                                          Aug 19, 2014 at 5:45 am
                                          Haha...only a total sanghi despo would make advances on sum1 like Sadhvi Pragya.
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                                            Syed Shere
                                            Aug 17, 2014 at 7:04 am
                                            Wasn't it initially reported that these blasts were executed by the INdian Mujahedins?
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