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Aseemanand among 8 in NIA Ajmer blast chargesheet

The National Investigation Agency filed a chargesheet against Swami Aseemanand and seven other accused in connection with the Ajmer blast probe in a special CBI court.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday filed a chargesheet against Swami Aseemanand and seven other accused in connection with the Ajmer blast probe in a special CBI court here.

The NIA,which took over the probe from the Rajasthan ATS earlier this year,maintained that Aseemanand was the mastermind behind the blast at the Ajmer dargah in October 2007,which had left three dead and several injured.

The public prosecutor for the NIA,Arjun Ambalapatta,said the charges against the eight accused — Aseemanand,Bharat Rateshwar,Ramji Kalsangra,Sandeep Dange,Sunil Joshi,Mehul,Bhavesh Patel and Suresh — included murder,attempt to murder and conspiracy,though terrorism was the most serious of them all.

“Aseemanand and Rateshwar are currently in custody while the others have not been arrested. Joshi was murdered in 2008 while the others are absconding,” Ambalapatta added.

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Senior NIA officers said sleuths were scouring the country for the absconding suspects. “Our investigations have led us to believe that Aseemanand,Rateshwar and Sunil Joshi were not only involved in the Ajmer blast,but also in a series of blasts across the country,including Mecca Masjid, Samjhauta Express and Malegaon,” a senior NIA officer said,adding that the NIA was pursuing different angles in each of the cases,but those involved were primarily the same.

The NIA had taken over the investigation of the Ajmer blast case from the Rajasthan ATS in April 2011.