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Two Ajmer Blast Convicts Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

On October 11, 2007, a powerful bomb had gone off on the premises of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Rajasthan during iftar at around 6.12 p.m., killing three people and injuring 17 others. Credit: PTI

On October 11, 2007, a powerful bomb had gone off on the premises of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Rajasthan during iftar at around 6.12 p.m., killing three people and injuring 17 others. Credit: PTI

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Jaipur today sentenced Bhavesh Patel and Devendra Gupta to life imprisonment in the Ajmer Dargah blast case. Both Patel and Gupta were members of the RSS in the past.

The magistrate also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Patel and Rs 5,000 on Gupta.

The blast on October 11, 2007 in the dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti at the time of Roza Iftaar left three pilgrims dead and 15 others injured.

On March 8, the court had convicted Patel, Gupta and Sunil Joshi in the case while acquitting others including Swami Aseemanand and Sadhvi Pragya. Joshi was murdered in December 2007.

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 April 6, 2011. There were as many as 149 witnesses in the case and 451 documents were examined and the NIA filed three supplementary chargesheets in the case.

(With PTI inputs)