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‘Asimanand disappeared from home'

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in custody: Swami Asimanand being produced at the Nampally Criminal Court on Saturday. - Photo: G. RAMAKRISHNA
in custody: Swami Asimanand being produced at the Nampally Criminal Court on Saturday. - Photo: G. RAMAKRISHNA

The CBI has alleged that Swami Asimanand who was found to be involved in the Mecca Masjid bomb blast case, had disappeared from his known residence at Shabridham ashram in Dang district of Gujarat.

In the remand report filed before the court, the CBI maintained that intelligence and law enforcement agencies helped the agency to track him in a house at Atmalpur of Bahadurabad in Haridwar.

He was found to be using a different name of Swami Omkarnath and was in possession of false identification documents, it alleged.

As the involvement of Asimanand in the Mecca Masjid blast came to light subsequently, the CBI had added his name in the list of accused in the case diary and a memo was also filed in the court to add him as accused in FIR No. RC 5(s)/2007.

The investigating agency had earlier named five persons as accused persons in the case. It brought two Ajmer blast accused -- Lokesh Sharma and Devender Gutpa to the city on June 17 in connection with the Mecca Masjid blast case and they are presently under judicial remand here.

The agency has named Sandeep Dange and Ramachandra Kalsangra, both natives of Madhya Pradesh, as prime accused in the case, but they continue to remain elusive.

Another accused Sunil Joshi was shot dead by three gunmen on December 29, 2007 near his house at Dewas, Madhya Pradesh.


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