Insufficient evidence against accused, says NIA special court judge
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court acquitted former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh activist Swami Aseemanand and six others, while convicting three persons in the sensational Ajmer dargah blast case.
About the explosion
The explosion in the 13th century dargah of Sufi mystic Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti on October 11, 2007, during Ramzan, had left three persons dead and 17 injured. The dargah was packed with about 5,000 devotees when the blast occurred at the time of ‘iftaar’ (breaking of fast).
The Ajmer dargah blast was the first instance in which the investigating agencies had found involvement of right-wing Hindutva organisations, including Abhinav Bharat, which were later suspected to be linked to several other blast cases.
Aseemanand’s confession before a metropolitan magistrate at the Tis Hazari courts in Delhi had made headlines in December 2010.
He had stated that he and other activists were involved in bombings at various places of worship across the country, such as Ajmer Sharif and Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid, and in Malegaon and on Samjhauta Express for taking revenge against the “terror acts of Muslims.”
About National Investigation Agency (NIA)
National Investigation Agency (NIA) is a central agency established by the Indian Government to combat terror in India It acts as the Central Counter Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency. The agency is empowered to deal with terror related crimes across states without special permission from the states.
Why and when was NIA formed?
The Agency came into existence with the enactment of the National Investigation Agency Act 2008. NIA was created after the Mumbai attack as need for a central agency to combat terrorism was realized.