Ajmer Dargah blast case: NIA court sentences two for life

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Ajmer blastA special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Jaipur on March 22 sentenced two convicts for life in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case.

The two convicts are Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel. Earlier, on March 8, the court convicted Patel, Gupta and Sunil Joshi, who has died under mysterious circumstances.

While this was so, the NIA court acquitted Swami Aseemanand, who was the key accused, and six others and three more persons accused in the case are absconding.

This is for the first time that an RSS activist has been sentenced in the case. A fine of Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 has been imposed on by the court on Patel and Gupta, respectively.

The court convicted the duo under Sections 120 (B), 295-A of the Indian penal Code, Sections 16 and 18 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Sections 3 / 4 of Explosive Substances Act.

As many as 149 witnesses and 451 documents were examined in the case. Initially, the case was handed over to Rajasthan Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) and was later shifted to NIA, which again lodged the case in New Delhi on April 6, 2011. The NIA had filed three supplementary charge sheets in the case.

The blast, which took place on October 11 2007 in the Ajmer Dargah at the time of Roza Iftaar (breaking of the fast), had killed three devotees and injured 15 others.