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NIA picks up Ajmer blast accused from Vadodara

Mafat Gohil and his kin also wanted in the Best Bakery case

A team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Mafat alias Mahesh Gohil from Vadodara late Wednesday night in connection with the 2007 Ajmer Sharif blast.

Gohil is also wanted in the 2002 Best Bakery case along with three of his relatives. All four are accused in the Ajmer Sharif blast case too.

This is the second arrest this week in the Ajmer Sharif blast case. The NIA had on Tuesday arrested Bhavesh Patel from New Delhi and produced him before a court in Jaipur,which sent him to 15-days’ police custody.

Both Gohil and Patel are likely to be interrogated about the conspiracy behind the bombing and the murder of RSS member Sunil Joshi,the sources said.

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While one of Gohil’s relatives,Harshad Gohil,was arrested by the Rajasthan ATS in Jaipur in 2010 for his alleged role in the Ajmer Sharif blast case,his other two relatives,Jayantibhai Gohil and Ramesh Gohil,are still absconding. Harshad had allegedly confessed to killing Joshi,who was considered to be the mastermind of the blasts in Ajmer Sharif and Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid. Joshi was shot dead on December 29,2007,at Dewas in Rajasthan.

Mafat Gohil,28,was visiting his family in Vadodara when the NIA team arrested him at around 11 pm,his family members said. They said the team arrived at their house moments after Gohil came to meet his mother.

Gohil,also an accused in Vadodara’s Best Bakery case in which 14 persons were killed during the post-Godhra riots in 2002,was declared absconding along with his three relatives when a Mumbai court framed charges against 17 of the accused in 2004.

The four,earlier arrested on charges of burning down Best Bakery situated at Hanuman Tekri in Vadodara,were acquitted by the Vadodara fast-track court in 2003. However,they escaped after a Mumbai court reopened the case following a Supreme Court order for a trial outside Gujarat.

The four have been accused of transporting and planting a bomb at Ajmer Sharif,which had killed three people on October 11,2007. The four allegedly stayed with Joshi before the blast.