Ajmer, Rajasthan : A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Monday (22 MAR 2017) sentenced Bhavesh Patel and Devendra Gupta both RSS members to life imprisonment for their conviction in the Ajmer Dargah blast case.
The blast which took place on 11 October 2007, at the Shrine of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti at the time of Roza Iftaar, had left three pilgrims dead and 17 others injured.
On 8 March 2017, the NIA court had convicted Patel, Gupta and Sunil Joshi in the case while acquitting others including Swami Aseemanand. Sunil Joshi murdered soon after the blast. This case has come to special court on 16 march but after hearing from both the parties court had postponed the judgement to 23rd March .
Judge Dinesh Gupta ruled out a death sentence citing mitigating circumstances, including the fact that the two had not been involved in any criminal activity prior to the blasts; they hadn’t been shown to be a constant menace to society; and they had been found guilty by drawing inferences from circumstantial evidence.
The case was handed over to the ATS Rajasthan and was later transferred to NIA which re-registered the case with the NIA police station in New Delhi on 6 April 2011.
In this case there were 12 accused, There were as many as 149 witnesses in the case and 451 documents were examined and the NIA filed three supplementary charge sheets in the case.
At the same time, the court questioned the NIA on its clean chit to two other accused, Ramesh Gohil and Amit, as well as “suspicious persons” such as senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar, Pragya Singh, Rajenda Chaudhary and Jayant, stating that it could not be done without invoking appropriate sections of the CrPC. It ordered the NIA DGP to do so by March 28. Ramesh Gohil died recently.
Has Media being biased?
Invoking ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family)’, Sharma sought appropriate sentences for the guilty, adding that “apart from Muslims, Hindus also come in large numbers to pay obeisance at the (Ajmer) shrine and the aim of the bomb blast in the holy month of Ramzan was to spread terror between the two communities and to prevent Hindus from going to the shrine.”
But none in the media mentioned these convicted terrorists as ‘Terrorist’ which applies on a particular community for even lesser crime. Has media being under control or they have taken charge to label accordingly?
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With PTI inputs