A joint team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the
Rajasthan Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has been investigating the role
of Hindu rightwing outfit Abhinav Bharat in the Malegaon, Samjhauta
Express and Ajmer Sharif blasts, police sources say.
The team has been interrogating
suspects in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh for five
days, the sources said Friday.
"A team of CBI officials and Rajasthan
ATS is camping in Malwa in connection with the Malegaon, Samjhauta
Express and Ajmer dargah blasts. It has so far questioned 10 people
to find out whether the perpetrators in all the three cases were
linked," a police source told IANS on condition of anonymity.
The official said at least four of the
10 suspects questioned are alleged to be members of Abhinav Bharat.
The team has also found that some of
them had links with the slain RSS leader Sunil Joshi and absconding
Malegaon blast accused Ramji alias Ram Chandra Kalsangra.
"Intelligence sleuths had chanced upon
Joshi's telephone diary a few months ago. Call details of a mobile
number found in his diary led investigators to Madhya Pradesh in
search of the suspects," said a source.
"All those who were interrogated at
Indore were in touch with Joshi and those questioned at Shajapur
were linked to Ramji," said a police official.
The Malegaon blasts took place in
Maharashtra in September 2006, killing six people. The Samjhauta
Express train bombings occurred in February 2007 in Haryana and
claimed 66 lives, while the Ajmer Sharif blast in Rajasthan killed
three people in October 2007.
Before coming to Madhya Pradesh, the
Rajasthan ATS had collected the statements, narco-analysis report
and brain mapping tests done on Lt Col S.P. Purohit - who has been
linked to Abhinav Bharat - and other accused in the Malegaon blast
"Purohit had allegedly told the
investigators during narco-analysis that Dayanand Pandey, also an
accused in the Malegaon blast, had planned the Ajmer dargah blast
that claimed three lives," the official said.
Those interrogated so far are
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha's (BJYM) Indore unit leader Pranav
Mandal, Anandraj Kataria, Vinod Patidar of Mhow, Arjun Yadav of
Dewas, Deepak Yadav and Rajesh Mishra of Pithampur. The officials
are expected to interrogate a few more Hindutva activists at Dewas,
Mhow and Pithampur.
Madhya Pradesh DGP S.K. Raut, while
confirming the presence of the joint CBI and ATS team in the state,
said: "No arrests have been made so far".