NIA to grill Ajmer dargah blast accused Suresh Nair to find clues on other accused

NIA had declared a cash reward of Rs two lakh for arresting Suresh Nair, who was alleged to be involved in supplying bombs for the 2007 blast.

Forty-five-year-old Suresh Nair, accused in the 2007 Ajmer Sharif blast, has been brought to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) office in New Delhi for further questioning. Nair features in the list of NIA’s ‘most wanted’ criminals.

He has been put up at the ground floor of the eight-storey building in New Delhi after the Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) arrested him from Bharuch in Gujarat in November.

Nair is a key accused in the October 11, 2007 blast that rocked the 12th century shrine of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisty minutes before the break of Iftaar that claimed three lives and injured 17.

NIA had declared a cash reward of Rs two lakh for arresting Nair, who was alleged to be involved in supplying bombs for the 2007 blast.

He was also allegedly present at the scene of crime when the bombs were planted at the dargah.

In March 2017, a special NIA court awarded life imprisonment to accused Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel. Sources said Nair has managed to remain under the radar for 11 years. He is a key link and perhaps would have leads on other suspects Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangra, both from Madhya Pradesh. Both are accused in four terror cases, including the Samjhauta blast.

Nair is likely to be questioned on Dange and Kalsangra to crosscheck claims made by former Maharashtra ATS member M Mujawar, who said that the two terror suspects were killed in an ‘encounter’ on November 26, 2008. NIA has neither confirmed nor denied the death of the two and is now trying to gather information from Nair.

Sources in NIA said, “Nair will have to stand trial in the Ajmer Dargah case and will be questioned on his whereabouts over these years.”

ATS Gujarat apprehended Nair after receiving information that he is about to visit Shukaltirth in Bharuch. Nair was caught and taken to Ahmedabad and has been in NIA’s custody since December 5.

In the past, NIA has come under the scanner for not challenging the acquittals in right wing terror cases, including that of the Ajmer Dargah case. A special court in Jaipur on March 8 last year, acquitted Aseemanand and six others in the same case.

Source: India Today

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