Bhagwat assasination plot

Pic: India Today
Pic: India Today

Is Mohan Bhagwat, the Chief of the RSS an accused as claimed by a magazine which says it interviewed Swami Aseemanand or is he is a target of some fanatics as per the probe of the National Investigation Agency.
The NIA has made it clear that no where during the investigation into Aseemanand had he ever said that Bhagwat had blessed the bombings. However an angle that they had probed was regarding an assassination plot by Sunil Joshi and others. It was found that Joshi and some of his accomplices had hatched a plan to kill Bhagwat since they were unhappy with him. Continue reading “Bhagwat assasination plot”

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Samjautha blasts- Is this priest the link?

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Pic: Sify

The National Investigation Agency claims that it is getting closer to cracking the Samjautha Express blasts case. The latest arrest of Ram Lakhan Maharaj who also goes by the alias Dhan Singh is yet another breakthrough for the NIA which will help it inch close towards closing the case. Dhan Singh who according to the NIA is a key conspirator in the Samjautha blasts case was working as a priest at a temple. He was a close friend of Sunil Joshi and also the suspected bomber who planted the explosives on the bike at Malegaon. Continue reading “Samjautha blasts- Is this priest the link?”

Looking at the Kamal Chouhan case

The National Investigating Agency appears to be making progress in the Samjautha Express blasts case. The arrest of a man by the name Kamal Chouhan who is alleged to the person who planted the bomb ensures that the NIA is getting closer to closure of the case.
Although speculation is rife that Chouhan’s arrest is being timed with the Uttar Pradesh elections in a bid to appease to a certain community, NIA sources say that they were on the look out for this man since the past 6 months. The investigation that we conducted revealed that he was in the same group that Sadhvi Pragya Singh and Suni Joshi were in and he worked as a team with the other two accused, Ramji Kalasanghra and Sandep Dange.
Chouhan was first questioned in connection with the Sunil Joshi murder case. After that the NIA had summoned him once again for interrogation However he refused to appear before the NIA and decided to give them the slip. The NIA has been in his pursuit since the past several months now and finally managed to nab him in Indore. When he gave them the slip the NIA had issued a look out notice for him apart from announcing a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh to anyone providing information on the man.
Since the past couple of days the NIA has stepped up its efforts to close the Samjautha Express case. They have already chargesheeted Swami Aseemanand, Sadhvi Pragya Singh among those alive and available. Among the absconders the names of Kalasanghra and Dange figure and there is also the name of Sunil Joshi who was allegedly murdered.
The questioning of this man has revealed the following so far:
Kamal Chauhan is standing member of the RSS a resident of Moorkheda village near Indore, is said to be one of the conspirators in the case. He is suspected to be one of the persons who planted the briefcases loaded with explosives and pipe bombs used in blast.
The NIA says that his involvement in the case was tracked with the help of the signals emitted out of the mobile tower on the day of the blasts. In fact he is said to have carried the brief case with the explosives with three others. He was part of the cell that planted the bomb and also hatched the conspiracy according to the NIA.
They would also question him for his role in the Sunil Joshi murder case and also the murder of Ramprasad Kalota. They would also try and find out more about the Joshi murder. They believe that one senior leader of the RSS, Joshi and Kalota were murdered to ensure the end of investigations into incidents involving Hindu extremists. Kamal along with three others are said to have played a vital role in the murder according to the NIA.
On the Samjautha case, the NIA says that the pipe bombs were manufactured in a factory at Pithampur owned by one Vinay Pandey and stored in kamal Chauhan and Sunil Joshi cowshed near Depalpur and Moorkheda village. Kalota had collected and also distributed the bombs which were stored in the cow shed of Sunil Joshi.
Further the NIA says that Chouhan had taken part in the conspiracy meetings held in Gujarat and Nagpur.
A couple of days back the NIA had put out advertisements seeking information on three very crucial players in the Samjautha case. They included Kalasanghra, Dange and also Suresh Nair. While the arrest of Kamal Chouhan may be a step forward in nabbing the absconders and also cracking the Joshi murder case, it is yet to be seen how big a catch is this man in the first place.
The arrest was made based on proper information, the NIA says. The doubt however grew when he refused to turn up for questioning and decided to give the slip. His role was known since day one. We believe that he is one of the persons who planted the bomb in the train along with Dange and Kalasanghra and this is the line of interrogation at the moment. Apart from this what is more important for the NIA is to track the other two major players Kalasanghra and Dange who are considered to have a lot of information on them.
It is said that the little known Chouhan was part of the same module that all the above mentioned names worked for. He could have been just a foot soldier and further investigations would reveal more information on his exact role.
However a surprising fact about Chouhan is that the man never figured in the investigation of Sadhvi Pragya Singh. Although she too has been chargesheeted in the same cases, it is quite surprising that the name never cropped up. However sources say that certain things are deliberately not declared as it tends to tip off the accused. Even the Sadhvi investigation does not have the name of this man, further investigations can be conducted and there is always this option of filing an additional chargesheet in the case.
Chouhan however is a relatively new name in this Samjautha case. Unlike the rest his name has not done the done the rounds. Sources in the Madhya Pradesh government however point out that his name could have cropped up during the interrogation of the 30 odd men that took place in Indore a couple of months back. NIA sources however say that there are a couple more such persons who were involved in the case. The Samjautha operation was not a small one and had many more such players in it. However the focus now is on Chouhan and also chalking out a strategy to pick up the absconders who could well be hiding in Nepal, the NIA also points out.