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Samjhauta bombs made in rented room in Indore,accused tells NIA

Due to similarity in the nature of the bombs used in these attacks,officials had suspected there are either one or two bomb makers used by the Hindu group

An accused in the 2007 Samjhauta blasts,Lokesh Sharma,has reportedly revealed that all the bombs used in Hindu terror cases were assembled and stored at a rented accommodation in Bengali Chauraha locality in Indore.

Sharma,who was taken on remand in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blast,is learnt to have told the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that the room in Indore where the explosives,iron pipes,detonators and timers were kept was rented in the name of one Amit Chauhan.

Due to similarity in the nature of the bombs used in these attacks,officials had suspected there are either one or two bomb makers used by the Hindu group. “In this room,accused Ramji (Kalsangra) and Amit Chauhan used to spend several hours assembling the bombs. Former RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi and Sandeep Dange also used to visit this house,” Sharma told the NIA,according to the interrogation report.

While a final report from the CFSL on the bombs is still awaited,NIA sources said the bombs were assembled in metal pipes with grooves in single rows on one side and spiralled on the other.

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“From Sharma’s questioning,we can say that the explosives were filled in these pipes and a varied concoction of explosives was used. They were then usually packed in tin boxes or a suitcase. There is a striking similarity in the nature of bombs found at Samjhauta,Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif blasts,which matches the description provided by Sharma,” said a top NIA official.

The NIA believes that there was one group behind all these attacks and the “larger conspiracy” was hatched by the same set of people.

While Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Rateshwar were reported to have arranged for funds and selected the target,Sunil Joshi,Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangra were reported to have planned the blasts,and Lokesh Sharma,Devender Gupta and Kamal Chauhan were reported to have planted the bombs.

Kamal Chauhan refuses to record confession

Kamal Chauhan,who allegedly planted one of the bombs on Samjhauta,refused to give his confessional statement before a Chandigarh court on Saturday. “Chauhan had desired to get his statement recorded under Section 164 of the CrPC before the Judge on the last date of hearing,but refused to do so today,” said R K Handa,special public prosecutor.