Those behind Ajmer Dargah blasts prime suspects in Modasa bombings: NIA sources
Ahmedabad:The two accused, arrested from Vadodara on Saturday in connection with the Ajmer Sharif blast of 2007, may have information on the Modasa blast that occurred a year later.
Sleuths of National Investigating Agency (NIA) will now grill the arrested father-son duo Jayanti and Ramesh Gohil. Suspected to be privy to the Modasa blast, the duo is closely connected to Mafatlal Gohil, an alleged right wing terrorist accused of Ajmer Sharif blast.
Following a tip-off, the duo was arrested by NIA sleuths and officials of DCB, Vadodara, from Kashipur village of Waghodia taluka in Vadodara district on Saturday. A team of NIA, however, is still camping in the city, looking for more accused in the case.
Sources near to the development said that NIA believes that Modasa and Ajmer Sharif blasts are inter-connected. They added that the conspiracy for both these blasts was hatched at the same time by the same people and so there were similarities in the improvised explosive devises (IED) used in these blasts. “Tiffin boxes were used in both the blasts,” a source pointed out.
“When the investigating agencies took time to bust the saffron terror module after the Ajmer blast, these accused opened up to conduct similar blast in Muslim-dominated Modasa,” a source familiar with the development told DNA. The duo was underground since 2004, when Supreme Court ordered the reopening of Best Bakery massacre, as they were also accused in that case.
The NIA had arrested Mafatlal on March 8 this year from his house near Hanuman Tekri in Vadodara. “Jayanti and Ramesh were arrested based on the information provided by Mafatlal,” a source said.
The trio is believed to have transported and planted a bomb at Ajmer Dargah under the guidance of Sunil Joshi – a member of a Hindu extremist group. NIA will also question the duo for their involvement in Joshi’s murder.
The conspiracy for both these blasts was hatched at the same time by the same people and so there were similarities in the IED used in these blasts.