NIA nabs Ajmer Sharif ‘bomber’

Bhavesh Patel arrested in Delhi

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published:March 6, 2013 1:18 am

The NIA arrested one of the alleged 2007 Ajmer Sharif Dargah blast bombers,Bhavesh Patel,from Delhi on Tuesday. He will be produced before a special court in Jaipur on Wednesday.

Besides planting the bombs,Patel is also alleged to have provided logistical support to a saffron terror module for the execution of the blast. The explosion on October 11,2007,had killed three people and injured 15 others.

Sources said Patel’s arrest will also help in unravelling the mystery behind the murder of RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi,one of the main accused in the Dargah blast,on December 29,2007,at Dewas. Three persons have already been arrested in this case. The NIA has so far arrested about half a dozen fugitives wanted in Samjhauta,Malegaon and Mecca Masjid blasts.

According to the NIA,Suresh Nair,Mohan alias Ramesh Gohil,Mehul alias Mafat Bhai,and Bhavesh Patel were part of planning and execution at different stages. On October 10,2007,Nair,Mehul and Patel took a consignment of explosives from Joshi. They reached Baroda and boarded a private bus for Udaipur. Patel is alleged to have planted the bomb inside the Dargah on the direction of Joshi.

Probe also revealed that Mehul was staying with Joshi at his residence,but suddenly disappeared after Joshi’s murder. Patel’s arrest could throw more light on the other absconding members of the group,said officials.

Patel is also alleged to be part of the team that procured the SIM cards and mobile phones used as timer device to carry out the blasts at Ajmer Sharif and Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad. Joshi’s team bought 11 SIM cards and four cellphones from different places in Jharkhand,Bihar and West Bengal by using fake identity cards.

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