The National Intelligence Agency Special Court on Wednesday sentenced Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel to life imprisonment in the 2007 Ajmer dargah blast case.
The National Intelligence Agency Special Court on Wednesday sentenced Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel to life imprisonment in the 2007 Ajmer dargah blast case. The court also asked for a report on the 3 men absconding in the case by March 26, 2017. The National Intelligence Agency, on March 8 had convicted 3 people in the Ajmer blast case. It had also acquitted 7 others, which included Swami Aseemanand, giving them the benefit of doubt. Apart from Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel, who received life sentences today, was Sunil Joshi, who had died in June 2014. According to reports, Gupta and Patel had been convicted under the IPC for criminal conspiracy and various sections of Explosive Substances Act and Unlawful Activities(Prevention) Act.
Earlier on October 11, 2007, a bomb blast had taken place inside the Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Rajasthan killed 3 and injuring 17 others at around 6:12 pm. A special court had earlier acquitted Swami Assemanand in the bomb blast case. Aseemanand, along with several other people had been accused by the NIA and had found their names in the charge sheet filed in the 2007 case. Hatching a blast conspiracy, planting bombs, murdering and spreading communal violence were a few cases they had been charged with.
Among the others who had been charged were Chandrashekhar Leve, Mukesh Vasani, Bharat Mohan Rateshwar, Lokesh Sharma, Mehul Kumar and Harshad Solanki. All of these men, except Chandrashekhar Leve, were reported to be in judicial custody. The 3 absconding were Suresh Nair, Sandeep FDange and Ramachandra. One of the accused Sunil Joshi had been murdered in 2007. FIRs had been lodged in Ajmer in regards to the blast in 2007 although the investogations had been transferred to the NIA in 2011. The NIA had accused Aseemanand of being the mastermind of the attacks which had shocked the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti during the Ramzan of 2007.