Second Ajmer blast suspect held, sent to police custody (Second Lead, Changing Dateline)

May 1st, 2010 - 8:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Ajmer, May 1 (IANS) A second man linked to the 2007 bombing in the revered Ajmer Dargah shrine has been arrested, and a court Saturday remanded him in 12 days police custody, police officials said.
The arrest of Chandreshekhar, suspected to be linked to a Hindu rightwing group, comes on the heels of the Wednesday arrest of Devendra Gupta from Ajmer, about 390 km from New Delhi.

Ajmer’s additional chief judicial magistrate sentenced Chandreshekhar, an official of the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Rajasthan Police told IANS.

The ATS arrested him from Shahjahanpur in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh late Friday.

Three people were killed and about 30 injured when a bomb exploded Oct 11, 2007 on the premises of the Dargah of Sufi Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti which draws hundreds of thousands of people both from India and abroad.

Chandreshekhar is considered an important member of the module that was apparently formed to carry out the bomb attack at the Dargah.

Though the ATS officially refused to name the Hindu group said to be linked to the arrested men, sources in the ATS said it was Abhinav Bharat.

The sources said the ATS team has seized the mobile phone used to trigger the Dargah blast.

The first accused Gupta, who lived in Jharkhand, reached Ajmer to visit his ailing mother when he was arrested.

On Friday, the chief judicial magistrate in Ajmer remanded him to 12 days’ police custody.

“We have started to interrogate Gupta and we have got fresh leads into the case from him. Our teams will probe the leads,” the ATS official said.

“A few more people are on our suspect list. You may see more arrests in the coming days. Our investigations are expected to lead us to other states too,” he said.

The official said police were able to trace the accused with the help of SIM cards recovered from the blast site.

Gupta had allegedly purchased the SIM cards for the mobile handset that triggered the blast.

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