The Sunil Joshi mystery files

The National Investigating Agency which is probing the mysterious murder of Sunil Joshi have an uphill task ahead of them. They have taken over almost all cases in which Hindu extremists have been suspected and in the words of Home Minister P Chidambaram, the agency would take all these cases to its logical end.

The NIA has in its possession various details regarding this case and has also questioned accused no 5, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur at the Byculla jail on a couple of ocassions.

Although this is a case of murder, the NIA says it is extremely crucial for them to crack as it would help solve the various terror cases in which Hindu fanatics have been involved.

There is already a chargesheet which has been filed in this case prior to the NIA taking over. The NIA was specifically asked to take over this case as it was found to be directly linked with the various other incidents of terror ranging from Mecca Masjid to Samjautha Express which the NIA is probing. NIA sources say that it is tough to say at the moment whether they would go along with the existing chargesheet or would file an additional chargesheet in this case.

The 45 year old Sunil Joshi was found murdered under mysterious circumstances in the year 2007 at Dewas in Madhya Pradesh. The initial probe makes it clear that it was his close aides who murdered him and the reasons behind the same are extremely murky. It was a tussle between him and his close aides which led to his murder. There has also been an angle to this case in the past where it was said that he was closely associated with SIMI members and was trying to use them for his operations and this could have angered his aides which prompted them to undertake this operation.

The NIA says that the primary angle to this probe would commence with his falling out with the RSS who called him Guruji in their circles when he was alive. He was considered to be a dynamic person and was a blue eyed boy to them and hence the falling out is extremely strange and suspicious. Even after his murder the RSS made it a point to visit his home and garland his photo, but then that stopped the moment the RSS was being linked to his murder.

Joshi was part of the module that carried out the Samjautha, Mecca Masjid and Malegaon attacks since day one. In fact the confession which was made by Aseemanand and later withdrawn speaks about the role played by Joshi in all these case and hence that makes him an important fry in the probe.

The more important aspect for the NIA is to crack the exact reason for the murder of Joshi. Sources say that he was no ordinary man who they could have just murdered over a very trivial issue. There is much more to it and it was done at the behest of several very important people involved in this terror nexus.

Going by Joshi’s record it becomes clear that he was one of the most crucial persons in this terror rung and it was thanks to him that so many operations were carried out with such ease. He had roped in Kalasanghra who is currently on the run for all his operations and the final status of the investigation also points to the nexus between the two. They also managed to rope in Dange into their fold and right from the year 2001 they have been carrying out attacks together. They started off on a small scale and then moved on to the bigger operations investigators point out. The trio were also blamed for the murder of a Congress tribal leader, Pyare Singh in the year 2003.

NIA sources say that he probably is one of the most important persons in this entire network and it is unfortunate that he is dead as he would have had a lot of answers. Now this is what his killers were most worried about and that is he had too much information on him. Some even point out that he had started to become a bit arrogant and had often threatened to spill the beans on the operations. Although though the RSS formally expelled him investigations continued to show that he had been in contact with some of the members and this had started worrying a couple of members who were in touch with him.

What the NIA says is that those who were behind his murder were also in the know of his operations. Although investigations are being conducted into these cases, the NIA is yet to find out details about political backing, funding and also local modules which helped facilitate the various incidents of terror carried out by this module.

Currently the NIA has in its custody a long list of people, but then again the agency is well aware that these are nothing but puppets and the big wigs are still out in the open. None of these persons in custody have revealed the big names as yet and the agency feels that closing in on the accused in this case would force these persons to reveal the big names involved in this case.

It is once again not an easy case, the NIA says. There has been a lot of meddling that has taken place. Certain important documents such as call logs and sim cards have gone missing. There are some documents which the CBI was in possession of and this has been used to build up the case. There are some call logs and diary entries to show some of the persons Joshi called despite him being expelled. We would build on these leads and finally close the case, the NIA points out.

Author: Vicky Nanjappa

just a reporter

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