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‘Bomb for bomb’ behind Samjhauta,RSS’s Indresh gave money,says NIA

‘At main conspiracy meet,Dange said Hindus doing nothing as temples attacked,let’s blast Samjhauta’.

Written by Bhartesh Singh Thakur | Panchkula |
June 21, 2011 2:52:00 am

The string of terror attacks on temples across the country — Akshardham,Raghunath Mandir and Sankatmochan — led Swami Aseemanand,in the summer of 2006,to propound his “bomb ka badla bomb (a bomb for a bomb)” theory which led to the blasts on the Samjhauta Express in 2007 that killed 68 passengers,says the chargesheet filed by the National Investigative Agency here Monday.

The NIA has alleged that RSS leader Indresh — who had denied any role in the Hindu militant network — gave Rs 50,000 to Aseemanand and his associate to meet “expenditure on explosives and other materials.”

The chargesheet alleges a criminal conspiracy by Aseemanand (60),Ramchander Kalsangra (41),Sandeep Dange (41),Lokesh Sharma (34) and Sunil Joshi (who was murdered on December 29,2007). The blasts were set off at Panipat on February 18,2007,using improvised explosive devices.

Charges were filed under several sections including criminal conspiracy,murder,attempt to murder) and sedition.

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Aseemanand and Sharma are in Ambala jail. Kalsangra and Dange are absconding. They carry a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh each.

The chargesheet says that four IEDs were planted in unreserved compartments; the ones in compartments 12 and 13 exploded. One unexploded IED in a suitcase was recovered from the 15th coach. It exploded while being defused. Another was recovered from the railway track near the same coach.

The suitcase cover was purchased from Abhinandan Bag Centre at Kothari Market in Indore. Iqbal Hussain,a tailor at the M K Bag Centre,Kothari Market,stitched the cover,with APOLO 600 (handwritten on it). Both IEDs had a high explosive material like “Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN),radicals of nitrite Trinitrotoluene (TNT),cyclonite (RDX),sulphur,potassium chlorate,petrol,diesel and kerosene”. Cast iron metallic pipes could be part of the exploded pipe bomb.

The NIA claimed that Aseemanand was quite “upset” with jihadi terrorist atttacks on Hindu temples and used to “vent out” his anger during discussions with Sunil Joshi,Pragya Singh and Bharat Bhai. It’s then that he allegedly propounded “bomb ka badla bomb” theory.

During March 2006,after the blast at Sankat Mochan in Varanasi,Sunil Joshi and Aseemanand decided to take “revenge” by striking Islamic religious sites. Aseemanand gave Rs 25,000 to Joshi and directed him to visit several places in UP and Jharkhand along with Bharat Bhai to meet “resourceful Hinduvadi leaders”.

The chargesheet says around May 2006,Joshi visited Aseemanand and briefed him on these visits. He and Bharat Bhai had first gone to Jharkhand,where Devender Gupta provided them SIM cards,pistols and explosives. After that,they went to Agra and then to Gorakhpur. It was in Nagpur that they met RSS leader Indresh who helped them with Rs 50,000 to pay for “explosives and other materials,” the chargesheet says.

Subsequently,a coordination meeting was called at Bharat Bhai’s residence at Valsad,Gujarat. “During June 2006,the main conspiracy meeting took place,” which was attended by Aseemanand,Sadhvi Pragya,Sunil Joshi,Sandeep Dange,Ramchander Kalsangra,Lokesh Sharma,Amit Chauhan and Bharat Bhai.

At the meeting,Aseemanand reiterated his theory of “Bomb ka jawab bomb se dena chahiye”. He suggested that bombs should be set off in Malegaon,Ajmer,Hyderabad and on the Samjhauta as retaliation for attacks on “Hindus and their religious sites.”

During the meeting,Dange said: “Chaaron taraf mandiron par hamley ho rahe hain aur hindu baithey hue hain,kuch nahi kar rahe hain.” (Temples are being attacked all over and Hindus sit,do nothing). To which,Joshi said: “Yahan hindu mar rahe hain,aur bharat sarkar samjhauta train chala rahi hai . (Hindus are getting killed while the Government runs the Samjhauta Express)”

To this Dange replied,“Hum Samjhauta train ko hi uda denge.” (We will blast the Samjhauta.)

Joshi took the responsibility for carrying out the blasts. The Samjhauta was a target as many passengers are Pakistani Muslims. According to the NIA,Joshi added that Dange was an expert in making bombs and he would “undertake” the project to bomb the train.

Two days after the Samjhauta blasts,Aseemanand,Joshi and Pragya had a meeting at Shabri Dham in the Dangs in Gujarat. When Aseemanand asked who carried out the blasts,Joshi said “it was teacher’s (Dange’s) job”.

The NIA claims that in 2007,Joshi asked for more money to carry out blasts at Mecca Masjid,for which Aseemanand gave him Rs 40,000. In May 2007,Joshi again met Aseemanand and showed him a Telugu newspaper with news about the Mecca Masjid blasts.

The Ajmer blasts were carried out on October 11,2007. This news was also conveyed to Aseemanand by Joshi when he came to meet him along with two others. Joshi was murdered on December 29,2007.

According to the NIA,call details of phones used by Pragya,Joshi,Dange and Aseemanand show links between the accused in February and March 2007.

Said Aseemanand’s lawyer Manbir Singh Rathi: “The chargesheet seems to be written against Hindu ideology and there is intention to create divide between Hindus and Muslims.”

The common Links

Swami Aseemanand wanted in: Samjhauta,Ajmer,Mecca Masjid,Modasa blasts

Sunil Joshi (dead): Samjhauta,Ajmer,Mecca Masjid,Modasa,Malegaon 2008 blasts

Sandeep Dange: Samjhauta,Ajmer,Mecca Masjid,Modasa and Malegaon,2008

Ramji Kalsangra: Samjhauta,Ajmer,Mecca Masjid,Modasa

Lokesh Shama: Samjhauta,Ajmer,Mecca Masjid

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