Suresh Nair had been on the run for 11 years.

Man who allegedly supplied bombs used in 2007 Ajmer dargarh blast arrested
news Crime Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 18:22

Suresh Nair, an accused in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case, was arrested by the Anti Terrorism Squad from Bharuch in Gujarat. Suresh, a Malayali raised in Guajarat is a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker and had joined the RSS when he was 15, according to a profile on Manorama.

Suresh Nair, whom the National Investigation Agency listed as an accused in the charge sheet of case No RC-04/2011/NIA/DLI, had been absconding for 11 years. According to the NIA, Suresh had allegedly supplied a bomb used for the explosion at the Sufi shrine in Ajmer that killed three people and injured 15 others. "On 11/10/2007, at about 06:14 pm at the time of Roza Iftaar, a powerful bomb blast took place in the compound of Dargah Sharif, Ajmer, in which 3 persons died and another 15 persons were injured. The said blast was caused to create communal disharmony, riots, strike disturbances in the country and insult the religious feelings of a particular community during the month of Ramzan," the NIA site summarises

Suresh had reportedly been seen at the spot too.

The ATS had reportedly received information about Suresh’s plan to visit Shukal Tirth, a small holy village near River Narmada. And that’s how they nabbed him. The agency would hand over the accused to the NIA. Suresh is the son of Damodaran Nair who hails from Kozhikode.

The NIA had declared in 2010, a reward of Rs 2 lakh for those who would help catch Suresh. He was then included in the Most Wanted list in 2011.

Two others accused in the case - Sandeep Dange, Ramachandra – are still absconding.

Swami Aseemanand another accused in the case was acquitted in March, 2017. In an interview given by Aseemanand to The Caravan magazine, he had alleged that the RSS was behind some of the worst terrorist attacks in the country. He had later denied making the allegations. But the magazine then released audio tapes of his interview, in which the allegations were made.

The Ajmer Dargah blast happened on October 11, 2007 after the evening prayers for Ramzan were over, and believers had gathered to end their fast. The bomb was hidden in a tiffin box which workers used to carry lunch. Among the five suspects arrested by the ATS in October 2010, four were allegedly connected to the RSS.

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