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Life sentence for Ajmer blast case convicts

LiveMint logoLiveMint 22-03-2017 PTI

Jaipur: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here on Wednesday sentenced Bhavesh Patel and Devendra Gupta to life in jail in the Ajmer Dargah blast case.

The magistrate also imposed a fine of Rs10,000 on Patel and 5,000 on Gupta. The blast on 11 October, 2007, in the dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti at the time of Roza Iftaar, had left three pilgrims dead and 15 others injured. On 8 March, the court had convicted Patel, Gupta and Sunil Joshi in the case while acquitting others including Swami Aseemanand.

Joshi died soon after the blast. 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. 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.

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