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Ajmer Dargah blast accused Suresh Nair arrested from Gujarat

The National investigative agency (NIA) had announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh on the arrest of Nair. ATS officers received a tip-off that he was going to visit Shukltirth, a religious place on the bank of Narmada river.

November 26, 2018, 10:27 am

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Jaipur: The Gujarat Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested Suresh Nair, who is accused of the 2007 Ajmer Dargah Bomb blast case. Nair, who had been on the run for the last 11 years allegedly supplied explosives for the terror attack. The agency officials arrested him from Bharuch in Gujarat on Sunday. The National investigative agency (NIA) had announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh on the arrest of Nair. ATS officers received a tip-off that he was going to visit Shukltirth, a religious place on the bank of Narmada river. The agency conducted a surveillance of the place and found him. He was taken to Ahmedabad for further investigations. The other two accused including Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra are still on run. The agency is in search of them. Suresh Nair is originally from Kerala and was living at Thasara in Kheda district of Gujarat. The bomb blast at the Dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer occurred on October 11 in 2007. Three persons were killed and 17 others were injured in the blast. The case was handed over to the Rajasthan ATS and was later transferred to the National Investigation Agency which re-registered the case with the NIA police station in New Delhi on 6 April 2011. A special NIA court rewarded life imprisonment to the main accused of the blast including Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel in March 2017. Accused Swami Aseemanand Joshi with six other accused was convicted by the court and given ‘benefit of the doubt’ in relation with Ajmer Dargah blast.

First published: November 26, 2018