November 18, 2010 12:12:06 am
About a year before the October 11,2007 Ajmer dargarh blasts,BJP MP Yogi Aditya Nath had a meeting with one of the main accused,Sunil Joshi,at his residence in Gorakhpur where the latter also spent a night,according to a key witness in the case. The Gorakhpur MPs telephone numbers,of his residences in New Delhi and Gorakhpur,were found in Joshis personal diary that was recovered by the Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).
Revelations about Joshis meeting with Aditya Nath were part of the supporting documents that the ATS submitted along with the chargesheet in court last month.
Rajasthan ATS had filed the chargesheet against five conspirators,including Devendra Gupta,allegedly linked to radical Hindu group Abhinav Bharat,Lokesh Sharma,Chander Shekhar Lave,Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangre. Another accused Sunil Joshi had been found murdered during the course of investigation.
The ATS had named RSS leader Indresh Kumar in the chargesheet alleging that he had attended a secret meeting with the blast conspirators,including Pragya Thakur and Swami Aseemananda among others,at Gujarati Samaj Guest House in Jaipur in 2005,which had been booked by Sunil Joshi in the name of Manoj Kumar. Indreshs telephone number also figured in Joshis diary presented in the court by the ATS.
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The witness,Bharat Bhai,a resident of Valsad in Gujarat who had worked in Dubai and Canada before coming to Valsad to spread the message of Swami Vivekanand,said in his statement that during his photo exhibition at Shabri Dham during Shabri Kumbh,Swami Aseemanand had introduced him to Pragya Thakur (Malegaon blast accused) and Manoj,who,the witness later found out,was known as Sunil Joshi. At Swami Aseemanands behest,Bharat Bhai hosted Manoj several times at his residence at Valsad.
In 2006,asked by Aseemanand,Bharat Bhai accompanied Joshi to Chittaranjan,Mihijam,where Devendra Gupta was a pracharak and from there they came to Agra to meet one Rajeshwar,according to the statement. Hum unse milkar Gorakhpur aa gaye. Wahan hum Aditya Nath ke yahan ek ratri ruke. Shaam ko Manoj Aditya Nath se mile the. (After meeting him,we came to Gorakhpir and stayed at Adityanaths place. Manoj had a meeting with Aditya Nath in the evening), Bharat Bhai said in his statement.
The witness later recounted how Manoj called him up one day in 2007 and asked him to watch TV claiming that he had burst the crackers by carrying out the blasts in Ajmer. Manoj alias Joshi asked him to inform Swami Aseemanand about it as he was not able to make contact with him on phone.
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