NIA nabs 2 Ajmer Sharif blast suspects in Vadodara

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested two of the accused in the 2007 Ajmer Sharif blast case from Vadodara late Friday night.

Jayanti Gohil and Ramesh Gohil were picked up nearly two months after their relative Mafat Gohil, also an accused in the same case, was arrested from the city by an NIA team.

Jayanti and his son Ramesh, who were also accused in the 2002 Best Bakery case but were later acquitted by a Vadodara court, had gone missing in 2004 when the case was reopened by a Mumbai court following a Supreme Court order for its trial outside Gujarat. They were later declared as absconding.

The NIA team nabbed the father-son duo from Kashipura village in Vadodara's Waghodia taluka in a joint operation with the Vadodara Detection of Crime Branch (DCB).

Earlier, in 2010, the Rajasthan ATS had arrested Harshad Gohil, also their relative, in Jaipur for his alleged role in the Ajmer Sharif blast. Harshad had allegedly confessed to killing Sunil Joshi, considered to be the mastermind behind the blasts in Ajmer Sharif and Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid. Joshi was shot on December 29, 2007, at Dewas in Rajasthan.

On March 8 this year, an NIA team nabbed Mafat Gohil from his house near Hanuman Tekri in Vadodara while he was visiting his family members around 11 pm, his family had said.

The four have been accused of transporting and planting a bomb at Ajmer Sharif, which had killed three people on October 11, 2007, under the guidance of Joshi, with whom they allegedly stayed before the blast.

They are likely to be interrogated about the conspiracy behind the Ajmer blast and for their role in Joshi's murder.

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